The contract extension allows over 300,000 scientists and researchers, who are funded by the National Science Foundation and federal civilian agencies, to use the company’s data through September 2023 for studies on changing ecosystems, biodiversity loss and climate change, Planet Federal said Thursday.
NASA previously awarded Planet a contract under the Commercial SmallSat Data Acquisition program to provide satellite data.
CSDA program users’ downloaded data from the company have so far reached more than five times the size of the whole continent of the Earth.
Robbie Schingler, co-founder and chief strategy officer at Planet, said the company looks forward to extending help amid increasing environmental changes.
The company has been supporting NASA since 2018.