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Commercial Small Satellite Analysis Funding Opportunity

NASA’s 2020 Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science (ROSES-20) solicitation includes an opportunity for projects that will analyze data from commercial small-satellite (Smallsat) constellations. This opportunity aims to further the analysis of commercially produced satellite data obtained by NASA as part of the Commercial Smallsat Data Acquisition Program (CSDAP).

The Commercial Smallsat Data Acquisition Program (CSDAP) evaluates and procures data from the commercial vendors Planet, Spire, Global, Maxar (formerly DigitalGlobe, Inc.), and the Teledyne Brown Inc. DLR Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer (DESIS).

The Commercial Smallsat Data Acquisition Program (CSDAP) evaluates and procures data from the commercial vendors Planet, Spire, Global, Maxar (formerly DigitalGlobe, Inc.), and the Teledyne Brown Inc. DLR Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer (DESIS).

CSDAP was established to identify, evaluate, and acquire data from commercial sources that support NASA's Earth science research and application goals. Smallsat data and imagery can augment or complement existing NASA remote sensing data and can lead to developments for societal benefit.

CSDAP recently undertook a pilot program, in which NASA’s Earth Science Division (ESD) augmented 41 existing research projects that could potentially benefit from and had the expertise to evaluate the commercial imagery and/or data being considered for longer-term purchase. The evaluation for the pilot program was recently completed and published on Earthdata. Based on the success of these projects in using smallsat data, NASA ESD is looking to expand the reach of CSDAP.

The ROSES solicitation provides short-term resources for analyses of commercial satellite data from Planet, Spire, Global, Maxar (formerly DigitalGlobe, Inc.), and the Teledyne Brown Inc., DLR Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer (DESIS). The scientific community may use commercial datasets that are obtained by NASA for scientific purposes in adherence to vendor-specific terms and conditions.

Read more about the ROSES solicitation in program element A.42 (PDF). Notices of Intent are due July 1, 2020 and five page proposals are due September 1, 2020.

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