In 2011, Mike Safyan joined the eight-person founding team at Planet where the company was building the first iterations of its Dove satellites in a Cupertino garage. Since then, Planet has expanded to a global organization leading the NewSpace industry with the world's largest fleet of Medium-resolution and High-resolution Earth Imaging satellites. Mike is responsible for Planet's Launch and Regulatory strategy and has overseen the launch of over 400 Planet satellites across 25 launch attempts. Mike received his B.S. of Aerospace Engineering at UCLA, and a M.Sc. of Space Studies at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France.