The Commercial Smallsat Data Acquisition (CSDA) program identifies, evaluates, and acquires data from commercial sources that support NASA's Earth science research and application goals. As the program moves into its sustaining phase, it is reaching out to the NASA scientific community via science meetings, workshops, and conference presentations enabling the sustained use of the purchased data for broader use and dissemination.
CSDA presents conference sessions and Lunch and Learn seminars to provide more detail about the program and hosted a series of vendor Lunch and Learn seminars to introduce vendors, provide specifications on the instruments they are deploying, describe how data are processed, and outline how scientists can access and use the data.
In addition to presenting and hosting seminars, the program is highlighting the publications of NASA-funded researchers who are using the data.
Submit an abstract for the 2022 Fall AGU Meeting, 12-16 December 2022.
Session Title: IN008 - Commercial Earth Observation Data: Research and Applications
Meetings, Conferences, and Lunch and Learn Presentations
Staff from NASA's Earth Science Data System (ESDS) Program and CSDA frequently present sessions and workshops at major science meetings and conferences and host Lunch and Learn seminars presented by the selected commercial small satellite vendors. As sessions and seminars are completed, we will post them to this page.
Meeting and Conferences
CSDA Town Hall (PDF), AGU 2019, Kevin Murphy, December 10, 2019.
CSDA Side Panel Discussion (PDF), AMS 2020, Kevin Murphy, January 13, 2020.
Commercial Smallsat Data: Research and Applications in Earth Science (PDF), AGU Fall Meeting, David Roy, Zhen Zeng, Michael Murphy, Hyeyeon Chang, et al., December 11, 2020.
Commercial Small Satellite Data Discovery and Access to Support Scientific Research (PDF), AMS 2021, Aaron Kaulfus, Dr. Manil Maskey, Brian Freitag, Alfreda Hall, et al., January 13th, 2021.
CSDA Program Overview (PDF), AMS 2021 Townhall, Kevin Murphy, January 15, 2021.
NASA's Commercial Smallsat Data Acquisition Program Data Stewardship and Data Management (PDF), AMS 2022, Aaron Kaulfus, Dr. Manil Maskey, Brian Freitag, Alfreda Hall, et al., January 26th, 2022.
CSDA Program Overview (PDF), AMS 2022 Townhall, Kevin Murphy, January 27, 2022.
Lunch and Learn
CSDA Lunch and Learn (PDF), NASA HQ, Alfreda Hall, Dr. Manil Maskey, Dr. Will McCarty, and Dr. Compton Tucker, March 2020.
Introduction to DESIS Imagery (PDF), NASA HQ, Amanda O’Conner and Yvonne Ivey, April 9, 2020.
Introduction to the Planet Constellation of Satellites and Imagery Data (PDF), NASA HQ, Dr. Tanya Harris, May 7, 2020.
Introduction to TCloud and DESIS Data (PDF), NASA HQ, Yvonne Ivey, Kara Burch, and Heath Lester, May 21, 2020.
Spire Earth Observations for NASA's CSDA (PDF), webinar, Dallas Masters, Steve Moran, Vladimir Irisov, et al., July 22, 2020.
Introduction to TCloud and DESIS Data (PDF), NASA HQ, Jack Ickes, Yvonne Ivey, Kara Burch, and Heath Lester, March 4, 2021. A recording of the TCLOUD and DESIS Data presentation is also available.
Spire’s Earth Observations - NASA Lunch and Learn (PDF), webinar, Tim Galginaitis and Dallas Masters, August 25, 2021.
Introduction to Planet's New 8-Band Data and Access via NASA's Commercial SmallSat Data Acquisition (CSDA) Program (PDF), Tanya Harrison, April 7th, 2022.
Lunch and Learn with NASA Commercial Smallsat Data Acquisition (CSDA) Program Optical Subject Matter Experts, June 2, 2022. A recording is available.
- Planet Data Calibration Evaluation (PDF), Eric Vermote
- PlanetScope Images Geolocation Assessment (PDF), Gary Lin and Bin Tan
- Calibration Analysis of the Maxar (DigitalGlobe) Constellation (PDF), Alexei Lyapustin
Lunch and Learn with NASA Commercial Smallsat Data Acquisition (CSDA) Program GNSS-RO Subject Matter Experts, July 25, 2022. A recording is available.
- A Fresh View of Global Atmosphere and Ionosphere from the Combined GNSS-RO (Radio Occultation) Constellations (PDF), Dong Wu (NASA GSFC Climate and Radiation Laboratory)
- Evaluation of Spire GNSS Radio Occultation Neutral Atmosphere and Ionosphere Products (PDF), Jan-Peter Weiss (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research)
- Diminishing returns: how many GNSS-RO observations are ‘enough’? (PDF), Nikki Prive (NASA GSFC Global Modeling and Assimilation Office)
Lunch and Learn on Spire’s Earth Observations Data for NASA’s Commercial Smallsat Data Acquisition (CSDA) program; Dr. Vu Nguyen, Dr. Philip Jales, Hunter Garbacz; October 6, 2022. A PDF is available.
For questions concerning how to access commercial data, please contact the CSDA Data Management team.