NASA awards Planet $6.7 million for climate campaign
11 April 2019
NASA awarded Planet a $6.7 million contract to provide Earth imagery for climate research.
Under the award Planet revealed in an 11 April blog, NASA will supply Planet data to 35 researchers to evaluate its utility alongside data provided by government Earth observation sensors, including NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation, and the second Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite.
Planet gathers global Earth imagery daily with a constellation of about 140 satellites, including Dove cubesats and larger RapidEye and SkySat satellites. The contract "is a signal of NASA's interest in understanding what commercial imagery can bring to their scientific missions and how it coexists with other datasets," Jen Marcus, vice president of Planet Federal Operations, told SpaceNews.
Image credit: Planet - Planet image of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India.