Airbus and Planet have entered into a partnership to facilitate access to each other’s data and the co-development of new geospatial solutions through the establishment of a framework agreement to explore opportunities for joint cooperation in new and existing markets, product offerings, sales and marketing efforts.
Both partners aim at providing a comprehensive suite of global satellite data at multiple temporal and spatial resolutions, and developing new analytic products for a wide range of applications to the benefit of their customers.
The partnership reflects the high-value assets of each provider and their synergies for addressing ever-growing, demanding needs for continuous monitoring and accurate information. Benefiting from both companies’ constellations, customers will have access to the entire Earth's landmass every day at 3 meter resolution with PlanetScope satellites, as well as to intra-daily, sub-meter resolution imagery with Pléiades and SkySat constellations. In addition, they will also have the capability to order images with resolutions of 1.5 meters (SPOT 6/7), 5 meters (Rapideye) and 22 meters (DMC Constellation). Lastly, TerraSAR-X, TanDEM-X and PAZ radar satellites will allow the acquisition of images regardless of weather and daylight conditions, ensuring access to any place on Earth independent of the cloud coverage.
François Lombard, Director of the Intelligence Business at Airbus Defence and Space, said that by combining the strengths of the companies, a key capability will be provided to address all market needs, both in terms of data and value-added products, and to best serve the firms' clients, whatever their industry and their requirements.
Will Marshall, CEO and Co-Founder of Planet, noted that Airbus and Planet are truly complementary partners. Airbus brings long-standing success in serving reliable, high resolution remote sensing, and Planet brings their unique global coverage and temporal cadence, as well as agile aerospace iteration to get sensors quickly to space. Together, the companies will be able to deliver sophisticated offerings to fit customer needs across international markets.