San Francisco-based Planet has traveled the world researching and booking launches for its Dove, SkySat and RapidEye Earth-imaging spacecraft, a 150-member network that is currently the world’s largest satellite constellation. On Dec. 27, Planet’s Mike Safyan, vice president for launch, journeyed to Russia’s Vostochny Cosmodrome, located at 51 deg. N. Lat. in Russia’s Far East Amur Oblast region near the Chinese border, to watch as a Soyuz-2.1a rocket lifted off with ...

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