As we begin the new year, I wanted to reflect on our 2017 milestones and our vector going into 2018. Last year was definitely an exciting year at Planet. The five highlights from my perspective were:
Launching 146 satellites, including the record-breaking 88 Doves on a single rocket & 6 more SkySats, doubling our high resolution capacity. This led to achieving our company’s founding mission of imaging the entire Earth’s landmass every day (as well as the largest satellite constellation of any kind in human history!).
Acquiring Terra Bella, as part of a strategic partnership with Google, making the search giant a customer and shareholder.
Releasing Planet Explorer, an online portal where users can easily access daily Planet data (as well as other satellite imagery such as Landsat and Sentinel).
Welcoming Shawna Wolverton as our first Chief Product Officer.
Finally, I’m excited to say that we achieved our aggressive 2017 sales targets. We doubled our 2016 sales as we brought on big customers in precision agriculture (our largest sector), government, and consumer mapping. We also did our first deals in insurance, finance, and energy infrastructure.
As we start the year, we’ll also see Tom Barton moving on, leaving the ...