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Ubiquitous Satellite Imagery of our Planet

Will Marshall (Planet Labs)
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Planet Labs is launching the largest ever fleet of Earth-imaging satellites in December. These will enable high resolution imagery of the entire planet to be taken on a more frequent basis. The data is of large potential value: humanitarian applications range from monitoring deforestation and the ice caps to disaster relief and improving agriculture yields in developing nations. The commercial applications are helpful in the mapping, financial services and insurance sectors. Planet Labs will provide universal access to this entirely unprecedented data set, with the goal of enabling maximal utility of the data. Following the release of an API, Planet Labs will launch tools to help developers, individuals, companies, and organizations index, interpret, and consume data connected to the changing conditions of any location on the globe, and to gather input to improve the product.

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Will Marshall

Planet Labs

Will is responsible for setting the company’s vision and and for architecting the company strategy. Previously, Will was a Scientist at NASA/USRA where he served as Co-Investigator for PhoneSat, Science Team member on the LCROSS and LADEE lunar missions. He led research projects in orbital space debris remediation. Will has published over 30 articles in scientific publications. Will received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Oxford and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University.

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