Smallsat Data Explorer

Screenshot of the Commercial Small Sat Data Explorer tool.

Find commercial smallsat data with the Smallsat Data Explorer. Details on how to navigate the tool can be found in the Smallsat Data Explorer User Guide (PDF).

The Smallsat Data Explorer (SDX) allows users to search, discover, and access data acquired through the Commercial Smallsat Data Acquisition (CSDA) Program. All data purchased by NASA are mirrored in NASA infrastructure for long-term preservation.

Researchers interested in accessing the data can utilize Earthdata Login for authentication and initiate data download requests. Data will be made available for download upon approval and acceptance of the end user license agreement (EULA).

Currently, SDX supports access to data acquired from Planet and Spire. In addition, SDX supports distribution of a subset of EarthDEM data from the Polar Geospatial Center. This initial release is to gather community feedback before later/larger releases. CSDA also includes data acquired from Maxar (formerly DigitalGlobe, Inc.). For data that are not already mirrored by NASA, authorized researchers can use the following vendor-specific tools to search and request data.

Data and End User License Agreements

Vendor Data Available Who is Authorized to Use the Data? Where to Get Data Can PIs Submit New Orders EULA
Planet PlanetScope, RapidEye U.S. Federal civil agencies; NSF (funded) researchers. Planet Explorer Yes Planet Expanded EULA
SkySat SDX No
Spire GNSS Radio Occultation, GNSS Grazing Angle Reflectometry, Satellite Precise Orbital Determination (POD) and Satellite Attitude, Total Electron Content, Ionospheric Profiles, Scintillation, Magnetometer U.S. Government (funded) researchers SDX


Raw intermediate frequency By request (PDF)
Maxar (formerly DigitalGlobe) WorldView 1, WorldView 2, WorldView 3, QuickBird, IKONOS, and GeoEye NASA (funded) researchers CAD4NASA Yes NextView EULA
WorldView 4 Maxar EULA
Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. DESIS U.S. Government (funded) researchers TCloudHost Yes DESIS EULA
Polar Geospatial Center EarthDEM U.S. Government (funded) researchers SDX Yes NextView License

All data requests must be approved by CSDA data managers. Contact us to provide your name, email address, and pertinent information (grant number, contract number, etc.) to indicate that you are authorized to use the data. The CSDA team will verify if the user is authorized for data access first. Once verified, the user will be provided with additional information on how to request and access data.

As additional commercial datasets are evaluated and acquired, these datasets will also be made available. Please check back regularly.

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