NEW! Maxar data requests are now 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.), and Spire Global 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 3rd party publication requires permission Where to get archived data Can PIs submit new orders EULA
Planet PlanetScope 6/29/2014
- Present
U.S. Federal civil agencies (including NSF) and their funded researchers Yes No* Planet Explorer Yes Planet Expanded EULA
RapidEye 02/1/2009
- 12/31/2019
SkySat 3/10/2015
- 12/12/2019
Spire GNSS Radio Occultation 9/24/2018 - 12/9/2018;
12/14/2018 - 3/8/2019; 11/1/2019 - onward
U.S. Government (funded) researchers Yes No* SDX


GNSS Grazing Angle Reflectometry 1/09/2019
-4/18/2019; 11/1/2019 - onward
GNSS Grazing Angle Reflectometry Sea Ice Product 03/01/2020 - onward
GNSS Grazing Angle Reflectometry Altimetry Product 06/16/2020 - onward
GNSS-R Level-1 Bistatic Radar Cross Section 5/1/2021
- onward
Ionospheric Profiles 11/1/2019
- onward
Magnetometer 11/1/2019
- onward
Request authorization
Raw intermediate frequency 6/17/2020;
By request (PDF)
Satellite Precise Orbital Determination (POD) and Satellite Attitude 9/24/2018
-4/18/2019; 11/1/2019
- onward
Scintillation 11/1/2019
- onward
Total Electron Content 11/1/2019 - onward
Ocean Winds MSS Level 2 5/1/2021 - onward
Soil Moisture 5/1/2021 – 5/7/2022 Request Authorization
Maxar (formerly DigitalGlobe) WorldView 1 09/18/2007-present NASA (funded) researchers Yes Yes CSDA data team Yes Commercial Data/Imagery EULAs Fact Sheet
WorldView 2 10/08/2009-present
WorldView 3 08/13/2014-present
GeoEye-1 09/06/2008-present
QuickBird 10/18/2001-01/27/2015
IKONOS 10/24/1999-03/31/2015 No NextView License
WorldView 4 12/01/2016
- 1/07/2019
Maxar EULA
Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. DESIS 11/21/2018
U.S. Government (funded) researchers Yes No* TCloudHost Yes DESIS EULA
Polar Geospatial Center EarthDEM   U.S. Government (funded) researchers Yes No SDX Yes Commercial Data/Imagery EULAs Fact Sheet

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

All data requests must be approved by CSDA data managers. Contact CSDA 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. 

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
Last Updated
Feb 2, 2023