Monsanto buys data from several older imaging satellites, he said, but is not a Planet Labs customer because Planet Labs does not yet offer the infrared imagery needed to judge plants’ health.
“Their real competition may be drones,” he said.
Still, Marshall is confident that his fast and cheap method will hold its own.
“This is the rapid prototyping, like you see with software, taken into space,” he said. “We can see rivers changing course. We can count individual trees.”