On September 29, 2023, NASA has announced an extended partnership with Planet Labs under the Commercial SmallSat Data Acquisition (CSDA) Program. This program provides eligible researchers and federal agency personnel access to Planet’s vast collection of PlanetScope imagery, totaling 50 petabytes.
The extended partnership includes multiple orders amounting to $18.5 million in funding, available until 2024. For over five years, NASA and Planet Labs have collaborated to support scientific researchers across 32 U.S. Federal Government agencies.
Planet’s global satellite data plays a vital role in the CSDA Program’s mission, which aims to identify, evaluate, and acquire data from commercial sources that align with NASA’s Earth science research and application goals, benefiting society as a whole.
Thanks to this partnership, researchers sponsored by NASA have utilized Planet’s data to gain valuable insights into various aspects of our Earth system. They have studied tidal marshes in Georgia, witnessed glacier calving faces in Greenland, and explored the biodiversity of rainforests in Borneo.
This extended agreement between NASA and Planet Labs promises to fuel groundbreaking research and exploration. It enables scientists to uncover more secrets about our remarkable planet, leading to new discoveries and a deeper understanding of Earth.