In the News: NASA to Buy More Commercial Earth Observation Data

NASA will continue to buy Earth observation data gathered by commercial satellite constellations in the wake of a pilot program, said Kevin Murphy, program executive for NASA’s Earth Science Data System.

NASA wants to obtain more data from Maxar and Planet satellites after determining the information was of sufficient quality and utility, Murphy said Dec. 10 at the American Geophysical Union conference here. The space agency is continuing to evaluate Spire Global data.

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In addition to Maxar, Planet and Spire, NASA is obtaining Earth imagery and data from Teledyne Brown Engineering from the DLR Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer, a hyperspectral imager mounted on the exterior of the International Space Station.

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