Researchers digging into weather change, loss of biodiversity, and other topics in the course of work financed by U.S. federal civilian agencies and the National Science Foundation. These will have admission to Planet Earth-observation information through September 2022. This is under a NASA agreement that was announced on 14th September 2021.
The announcement trails NASA’s decision in July. This is in order to provide wider access to Planet Earth-observation statistics. It was earlier restricted to NASA-funded work. Currently, about 300,000 researchers, contractors, and grantees will have access to the statistics. These will comprise only those who receive funding from federal civilian agencies and NSF.
Robbie Schingler is the co-founder and chief strategy officer at Planet, and he states the following –
- “NASA has run the way in connecting with the industrial space industry. Also, the new agreement further justifies their dedication to commercial space as well as climate action.”
- “In the most crucial period for climate action, NASA has made it possible to offer researchers with robust datasets. These can be utilized to examine and focus on the existing climate crisis. We look forward to working together further on this vital work.”
NASA’s Earth Science Division awards Planet a $6.7 million deal in 2019 for information to track vital climate variables. In 2020, the space firm grew the award put together through the Commercial SmallSat Data Acquisition Program. This is in order to cover –
- NASA employees
- NASA-funded research
NASA then gave Planet a $2.24 million deal in July to allocate information with federal civilian agencies and NSF through September 2021. The most recent award stretches the contract through September 2022. The Planet got $6.2 million for the first task order awarded under the new contract for the information presented until 13th January 2022.
Hannah Kerner, a University of Maryland, College Park, junior research professor. She also serves as the machine learning head for NASA Harvest, a Food Security and Agriculture initiative. Hannah also praises the Planet agreement.
“As a conglomerate that spans multiple groups and universities, the capability to share information and collaboratively advance research methods is crucial for accomplishing our targets, “ says Kerner.