Will Marshall: The mission to create a searchable database of Earth's surface
Will Marshall - Space scientist
At Planet Labs, Will Marshall is helping share near-real-time images of our planet, from a constellation of earth-observing satellites. Full bio
the entire Earth, every day,
to solve was simple.
typically years old,
on days and weeks and months,
to see that change and take action.
taken by the Apollo 17 astronauts in 1972
that we're on a fragile planet.
to the next level,
to take action, to take care of it.
Apollo projects of our own,
of satellites in human history,
the entire Earth, every single day.
really simple -- it was not.
over 200 satellites in orbit,
stations we built around the planet.
images of the Earth down each day.
of the Earth's surface,
more than 500 images.
documenting immense change.
to improve farmers' crop yields.
to improve the maps you find online.
for border security
after floods and fires and earthquakes.
and stopping deforestation.
in the ongoing crisis in Syria,
to announce Planet stories.
all of our imagery online.
except it's up-to-date imagery,
that happen around our planet.
through the 500 images that we have
dramatically over time.
for news journalists,
about world events.
for anyone to use,
to find and see the changes on the planet
of information about the planet,
with artificial intelligence
in all the satellite images.
to find cats in videos online
information on our pictures.
this is a ship, this is a tree,
this is a building, this is a truck.
for all of the millions of images
on the planet, every day.
to count the planes in the airport.
in the whole stack of images before it,
the planes in Beijing airport over time.
for all the airports around the world.
in the port of Vancouver.
but this time we would look for vessels.
we select the area,
to people in coast guards
and stop illegal fishing.
using AIS beacons.
that are not doing that.
those illegal fishing vessels.
not just ships and planes
of all these objects over time
from people's work flows.
more sophisticated browsers
from different sources.
abstracting out the imagery entirely
interface to the Earth.
are there in Pakistan?
of the trees that have been felled
we're trying to go towards,
to image the whole planet every day
all the objects on the planet over time
and made it searchable.
and making it searchable.
About the speaker:Will Marshall - Space scientist
At Planet Labs, Will Marshall is helping share near-real-time images of our planet, from a constellation of earth-observing satellites.
Why you should listen
In his Twitter bio, William Marshall calls himself a "quantum physicist cum space scientist in search of world peace and harmony." And when you hear about his job, it falls into place: He and his cofounders at Planet Labs want to show the earth what it looks like, in almost real time, via a new network of compact, capable satellites. They hope that up-to-date images will inform future humanitarian and commercial projects all over our planet and will help to enable people to make the best decisions for earth.
Before cofounding Planet Labs, Marshall was a scientist at NASA/USRA, where he helped to formulate the Small Spacecraft Office at NASA Ames Research Center. He worked on lunar orbiter mission LADEE, lunar impactor mission LCROSS and the groundbreaking PhoneSat project, building satellites out of consumer parts.
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