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Carl Smith

Carl Smith is a Senior Staff Writer for He works with editors and staff writers to produce smart, high-value, high volume editorial content for the web and related products to make Governing the go-to source. He can be reached at

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Planet, a San Francisco startup, is "refreshing" its satellites, de-orbiting existing ones and replacing them with improved models in an approach the company calls "agile aerospace," reflecting the iterative nature of software development.