NASA planning to purchase Earth science data from smallsats

A recent article from SpaceNews highlights NASA's plans to purchase tens of millions of dollars of Earth science data from constellations of small satellites in 2017 to understand if data can meet its needs.

  • Blue Canyon Technologies’ 6-unit XB1 cubesat bus (source: PlanetiQ)
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11/09/2016

A recent article from SpaceNews highlights NASA's plans to purchase tens of millions of dollars of Earth science data from constellations of small satellites in 2017 to understand if data can meet its needs.
The final decision will come after funding from the Congress will be approved, but NASA intends to allocate around $30 million to purchase and evaluate the research utility of data products from private sector developed and private sector launched small satellite constellations.
The initiative could include a variety of activities, including validating technology for use on smallsats and fostering commercial launch services for smallsats.
NASA's interest include “global, high-quality atmospheric profiling” data provided through GPS radio occultation measurements, as well as “moderate resolution, multi-spectral land imaging information.” Several companies, including GeoOptics, PlanetiQ and Spire, are developing smallsat constellation to provide GPS radio occultation data, while Planet operates dozens of smallsats that provide medium-resolution imagery.

See more at: http://spacenews.com/nasa-seeks-to-purchase-earth-science-data-from-smal...

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