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Rocket Lab inks dedicated launch deal with Japanese EO company iQPS
by Brad Bartz
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Aug 21, 2023

In a recent development in the realm of Earth observation technology, Planet Labs PBC (NYSE: PL) has signed a contract to offer their global daily monitoring solution to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Asia. This high-value deal comes with a seven-figure annual contract value, emphasizing the significance of the collaboration.

For those unfamiliar with the industry backdrop, Planet Labs stands as one of the frontrunners in delivering daily data and insights about our planet. Their prowess lies not just in data collection but in the transformation of this data into actionable insights. With this new deal, the unnamed Ministry of Foreign Affairs joins the growing roster of Planet's clientele, showcasing the firm's expanding influence in the region. Intriguingly, this partnership was made possible through intermediation by one of Planet's local partners.

Will Marshall, the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Planet, commented on the collaboration. He remarked, "We are seeing strong momentum in the Asia-Pacific region from government customers focused on civil and security applications." Marshall went on to spotlight the distinctive attributes of Planet's offering, stating, "Our global daily monitoring solution is unique in its ability to provide wide-area coverage, supporting customers with daily monitoring of entire countries at a scale that hasn't been possible before."

This underscores the unparalleled capabilities that Planet brings to the table, enabling governments to monitor vast terrains and regions consistently. The timeliness and precision of such monitoring are imperative, especially in today's ever-shifting global landscape.

The increasing intricacies of global geopolitics and environmental changes necessitate governments to possess a reliable stream of unbiased information. This becomes pivotal in forging policies, making decisions, and understanding both the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. In this context, Planet's daily monitoring solution stands out as it offers a reliable baseline of unbiased truth.

Moreover, Planet operates on a principle of providing nonexclusive and open data. This approach aligns with the modern-day ethos of transparent governance. It not only ensures a broader accessibility of critical data but also empowers governments with novel capabilities that set them apart.

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