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NASA expands access to Planet Data to all US Federal Civilian agencies
Planet has announced that it has expanded its contract with the NASA Commercial SmallSat Data Acquisition (CSDA) Program to provide access to PlanetScope imagery for scientific research use for all US Federal Civilian researchers and National Science Foundation funded researchers, including their contractors and grantees — roughly 280,000 eligible users.
This expands access on the existing contract that currently supports NASA and NASA-funded researchers. Since Planet’s first contract with NASA in 2019, scientists have leveraged Planet imagery for a variety of research projects focused on climate change, biodiversity loss, and complex sustainability problems. Planet is eager to see what projects this expanded pool of researchers will pursue, as it will enable more strategic information sharing across research groups and facilitate greater scientific use. Earlier this month, Planet entered into a definitive merger agreement with dMY Technology Group, Inc. IV (NYSE: DMYQ), a special purpose acquisition company, to become a publicly-traded company.
Earth is in the midst of a climate and biodiversity crisis, including rapidly changing forests, high-risk agricultural practices, and melting polar ecosystems — caused by widespread and endless habitat destruction, and a global economy still reeling from the worst pandemic in a century. Planet’s high-cadence and high-resolution data allows researchers and scientists across the globe to better understand and monitor our dynamic planet. In just the first half of 2021, researchers utilizing Planet imagery via NASA CSDA have monitored the melting summer ice in Greenland, evaluated corn and soybean yields at the sub-field scale, mapped snow-covered areas via machine learning, and investigated the causes behind the massive Chamoli landslide in India.