Maxar data requests are supported by the CSDA program data team. Access requests may be made by filling out the authorization request form.

The Commercial Smallsat Data Acquisition (CSDA) program evaluates and procures data from commercial vendors that advance NASA’s Earth science research and applications activities.

Currently, data acquired during the evaluations of Planet, Maxar (formerly DigitalGlobe, Inc.), Spire Global, and Airbus U.S. are available. Data from the Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc., DLR Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer (DESIS) also are available through a separate collaboration with the International Space Station (ISS). See the table below to learn how to access vendor-specific data. All data products are available through CSDA at no cost to authorized researchers and are subject to scientific use licenses.

The commercial data currently distributed by NASA are available under different scientific use licenses and various access portals. Please see table below for data access portals and vendor-specific end user license agreement (EULA) information. Check back for updates on new data acquisitions.

Data and End User License Agreements

Vendor Data Available Date Range Who is authorized to use the data Scientific use only Where to get archived data EULA
Planet PlanetScope 6/29/2014-Present U.S. Federal civil agencies (including NSF) and their funded researchers Yes Planet Explorer Planet Expanded EULA
RapidEye 2/1/2009-12/31/2019
SkySat 3/10/2015-12/12/2019 SDX
Spire GNSS Radio Occultation

9/24/2018 - 12/9/2018;
12/14/2018 - 3/8/2019; 11/1/2019-Present

U.S. Government (funded) researchers Yes SDX Spire USG EULA
GNSS Grazing Angle Reflectometry

1/9/2019-4/18/2019; 11/1/2019-Present

GNSS Grazing Angle Reflectometry Sea Ice Product 3/1/2020-Present
GNSS Grazing Angle Reflectometry Altimetry Product 6/16/2020-Present
GNSS-R Level-1 Bistatic Radar Cross Section 5/1/2021-Present
Ionospheric Profiles 11/1/2019-Present
Magnetometer 11/1/2019-Present Request authorization
Raw Radio Occultation 6/17/2020-9/8/2020 By request (PDF)
Satellite Precise Orbital Determination (POD) and Satellite Attitude 9/24/2018-4/18/2019; 11/1/2019
Scintillation 11/1/2019-Present
Total Electron Content 11/1/2019-Present
Ocean Winds MSS 5/1/2021-Present
Soil Moisture 5/1/2021-Present
Maxar (formerly DigitalGlobe) WorldView 1 09/18/2007-Present NASA (funded) researchers Yes CSDA data team Commercial Data/Imagery EULAs Fact Sheet
WorldView 2 10/8/2009-Present
WorldView 3 8/13/2014-Present
GeoEye-1 9/6/2008-Present
QuickBird 10/18/2001-1/27/2015
IKONOS 10/24/1999-3/31/2015 NextView License
WorldView 4 12/1/2016- 1/7/2019
Maxar EULA
Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. DESIS 11/21/2018-Present U.S. Government (funded) researchers Yes TCloudHost DESIS EULA
Polar Geospatial Center EarthDEM   U.S. Government (funded) researchers


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SDX Commercial Data/Imagery EULAs Fact Sheet
Airbus U.S. TerraSAR-X 11/19/2007-11/25/2022 U.S. Government (funded) researchers Yes SDX Airbus U.S. USG EULA.
TanDEM-X 2/3/2011-11/4/2022
PAZ X 9/20/2018-10/2/2022

Principal Investigators should submit publications as a courtesy copy to the vendor.

CSDA-acquired data is for Scientific use, which is defined as use by Licensed Users of the data products pursuant to a NASA-initiated, U.S. Government-funded, and/or U.S. Government-peer reviewed investigation established through a NASA Research Announcement or similar public notice of opportunity, and performed for the sole purpose of conducting experiments, evaluation, research, and/or development, including basic and applied research under Government Science Program. Scientific use is not intended for the development of commercial products or services and does not include activities funded or sponsored by non-governmental organizations or activities outside of the U.S. Government.

Value-Added Product means a work that is created when a Licensed User modifies Licensed Material—through technical manipulation, addition of data, or both—where the principal features and characteristics of the source Licensed Material are retained in the work and are extractable through technical means. Value-Added Products created from Licensed Material received under this agreement will be considered as Licensed Material.

Derived Product means a work that is created when a Licensed User exploits Licensed Material in a manner that irreversibly modifies and uncouples the work from its source, such that extraction of the principal features and characteristics of the source Licensed Material is impracticable. This includes but is not limited to License User derived Digital Elevation Models. Derived Products are not considered Licensed Materials.

All data requests must be approved by CSDA data managers. To request access to CSDA data offerings, complete the CSDA Authorization form. 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.

Get answers to frequently asked questions about accessing and requesting commercial data.

For vendor specific details including a list of available satellites, their orbits, and their sensors' temporal and spectral resolutions please see information for each vendor:

Teledyne Brown Engineering
Polar Geospatial Center
Airbus U.S.
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