✨Planet Explorer Updates!✨ (April 19, 2023)

Planet Explorer Updates April 19, 2023✨ New ✨It is now easier to preview and order imagery. When you search for imagery, there are three new buttons.Click the X items button to check out each satellite image from that date and make the best choice. Click the eye button to preview the imagery from that date on the map. Click the cart button to add the imagery to your order. You can select and de-select imagery from multiple dates. You can also lock the footprint of an image onto the map to get a better sense of coverage.When you place an order, there is a new option to composite images, which stitches them together. You will receive fewer files and consume less quota. Composite all will give you one file and composite by strip will provide the most consistency (spatial, spectral, environmental, etc). Take a look at the impact of each option on the map to get a sense of what you will receive.You can now more easily use your Hosted Data in other tools and platforms. Download the Cloud Optimized GeoTIFF (COG) and pull it into other web applications at no extra cost.Improvements 🙌🏻You can now select MGRS as a format in Settings, under the Coordinate System section. You can also easily copy MGRS coordinates out of Explorer to paste into other systems. The coordinates can be found in the bottom banner of the app. Please note: precision varies by the zoom level and resolution.

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Nonprofit Program

Nonprofit organizations and NGOs are mission-driven, high-impact organizations that aim to promote the common good. However, due to extremely tight budgets, nonprofits often rely on publicly available data that is typically outdated and insufficient at the scale at which they operate.Planet hopes to change some of that dynamic.Organizations have been taking advantage of freely available satellite imagery, such as Landsat and Sentinel, for decades. However, imagery at 30m and 10m respectively often does not provide the detailed spatial information required to monitor change at a local level. In many cases, they need daily imagery so they can take action as change happens in real-time on the ground. Clouds also are commonly an issue with publicly available imagery due to their less frequent temporal resolution. The Planet Nonprofit Program strives to reduce the barriers that nonprofits face by providing a customized offering of its imagery and services. Through tiered product bundling inclusive of steeply discounted pricing on PlanetScope, SkySat, and the Planet cloud-free Basemaps, we hope to enable nonprofits to discover the value of high-temporal, high-resolution imagery to help advance their mission.Planet has worked closely with nonprofit organizations in the past on impactful initiatives, such as detecting illegal mining in the Amazon, preserving cultural heritage in active conflict areas, mapping renewable energy, and measuring global carbon emissions. But to efficiently scale and move faster than the problems we have to solve to ensure a safe, healthy planet for future generations, we need to increase the rate of our ability to get Planet products into the world’s hands. We believe Planet’s Nonprofit Program will help us get closer to that goal.  Are you a nonprofit/NGO that is ready to unlock the power of Planet data? Contact the Nonprofit Program!

Planet Basemaps Available in the Orders API

Starting today you can order Planet Basemaps through the Orders API. This release provides several new tools while also simplifying the process for ordering Basemaps from Planet.  If you are familiar with ordering scenes from the Orders API, you will be familiar with this new functionality for Planet Basemaps. Here is a quick highlight of what’s new:Order using an area of interest (AOI)You can now order a Basemap over an AOI by providing a GeoJSON file.  This makes it easier to order imagery over the areas that you are focused on by using standard geospatial data formats. It is no longer required to order by specifying Planet quad IDs.Process Basemaps with New ToolsYou now have access to the tools in the Orders API that process Basemaps into ready-to-use formats.  For example, to calculate indices like NDVI in a single API call, you can clip images to an AOI, merge all of the quads into a single image, and perform band math.Deliver to Cloud StorageRather than downloading a Basemap and then re-uploading it to the cloud, you can deliver orders directly to an AWS, Azure, or GCP cloud storage destination.Note: For NICFI Basemaps users, NICFI Basemaps can not be ordered with the Orders API. The NICFI DATA Program User Guide provides information on how to access NICFI Basemaps.Learn more at the Planet Developer Center.  Post any questions you have in the comments!

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