This year the small team of ex-NASA scientists, engineers and developers at¬†Planet Labs¬†will have launched enough satellites into orbit to capture images of the entire planet every day of the year. Known as Doves, their Earth-imaging satellites are shoe box-sized and are released from the International Space Station to complete their mission of sending invaluable same-day imagery back to the San Francisco-based startup. Planet Labs believes in ‘using space to help life on Earth’; in¬†utilising space technology and computer systems for good and making the collected data universally accessible for commercial, governmental, environmental or humanitarian purposes. Here we take a Dove’s-eye view trip through Africa starting over Morocco’s Anti-Atlas mountain range, heading east and then south, ending above Delmas in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province.
With creative thinking at the forefront of operations at Planet Labs, they also, somewhat surprisingly, offer a three month artist-in-residency program inviting visual artists to¬†work alongside their team.