Welcome to Planet. We believe in using space to help life on Earth.

Planet designs, builds, and operates the largest constellation of imaging satellites in history. This constellation delivers an unprecedented dataset of empirical information via a revolutionary cloud-based platform to decision-makers in commercial, environmental, and humanitarian sectors. We are both a space company and data company all rolled into one.

Customers and users across the globe use Planet's data and machine learning-powered analytics to develop new technologies, drive revenue, power research, and solve our world’s toughest challenges.

As we control every component of hardware design, manufacturing, data processing, and software engineering, our office is a truly inspiring mix of experts from a variety of domains.

We have a people-centric approach toward culture and community and we are iterating in a way that puts our team members first and prepares our company for growth.

Join Planet and be a part of our mission to change the way people see the world.

About the role:

Planet is looking for a satellite tasking engineer to support the team in Berlin to schedule and optimize the image collections for Planet’s satellite constellations. The Collection Planning team is located in San Francisco and Berlin.

The new team member shall have a demonstrated record of working with GIS tools to manipulate geospatial files for ingest into ordering systems and management of satellite collection schedules leveraging varied data sources. The Planner’s main focus is to ensure that collection orders are satisfied according to service level objectives (SLO) and company revenue goals.  Experience in fine-tuning output from collection feasibility systems, and scoring probabilities of success to meet customer needs, with strong emphasis on cloud analysis and forecasting is required. Candidates should have experience with mission planning systems, remote sensing, and especially GIS tools.

Responsibilities:

  • Optimize image collection schedules based on customer needs and historic and real-time weather data and apply experience with imaging parameters (such as image collection geometry) as they relate to collection capacity and resulting image quality is desired.
  • Constant tracking and reporting of collection success. Identification of issues and initiation of activities to resolve.
  • Close coordination with flight operations, to ensure health and safety of satellites
  • Develop and maintain imaging metrics as they relate to cloud avoidance and collection yield.
  • Establish and execute on processes to drive an industry leading team of customer sales engineers and collection planners to success
  • Analyze collection/satellite data and leveraging software programs to capture patterns/correlations with regards to collection optimization and Support continuous automation of operational routines
  • Communication/Collaboration with teams across the company

Skills and Experience:

  • Geospatial/Remote Sensing Degree is preferred & (2+ years with relevant working experience)
  • Fundamentals of remote sensing and image processing and satellite acquisition planning concepts for eo satellite missions
  • Experience in working with spatial data and image processing tools (e.g. gdal)
  • Experience in PSQL and Postgres and/or ready-to-use knowledge in python and bash scripting
  • GIS tools - working knowledge QGIS
  • Data-driven mindset and comfort with statistical analysis.
  • Familiarity with AWS or Google cloud infrastructure is a plus
  • Desire to work in a small, dynamic startup environment with rapidly updating priorities and a constant sense of urgency (agile environment)
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize and manage time effectively
  • Independently working team player with excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Ability and willingness to work in flexible shifts (12/7)

Some press about us:

Our CEO, Will Marshall's TED Talk

"Tiny Satellites ushering in the New Space Revolution" Bloomberg Businessweek

"The All-Seeing Eye in the Sky video" Bloomberg Businessweek video

"Planet And Rocket Lab Create Mission Patch To Honor Women In Aerospace" —Planet Blog

Join Us:

Planet is headquartered in San Francisco, California, Earth. If you are feeling inspired, check out our website www.planet.com/careers and apply. Be sure to include a cover letter to let us know why you think you’d be a good fit and feel free to mention anyone you have previously worked with at Planet.

We are committed to building a diverse team and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

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