Smallsat Data Explorer

Screenshot of the Commercial Small Sat Data Explorer tool.

Find commercial smallsat data with the Smallsat Data Explorer. Details on how to navigate the tool can be found in the Smallsat Data Explorer User Guide (PDF).

The Smallsat Data Explorer (SDX) allows users to search, discover, and access data acquired through the Commercial Smallsat Data Acquisition Program (CSDAP). All data purchased by NASA are mirrored in NASA infrastructure for long-term preservation.

Researchers interested in accessing the data can utilize Earthdata login for authentication and initiate data download requests. Data will be made available for download upon approval and acceptance of the end-user license agreement (EULA).

Currently, SDX supports access to data from Planet and SpireĀ that was acquired as part of the CSDAP pilot phase. The CSDAP pilot phase evaluation also included data from Maxar (formerly DigitalGlobe, Inc.). Work is underway to support search and access to Maxar data via SDX. For data that is not already mirrored by NASA, authorized researchers can use the following vendor-specific tools to search and request data.

Data andĀ End User License Agreements

Vendor Data Available Who is Authorized to Use the Data? Where to Get Data Can PIs Submit New Orders EULA
Planet PlanetScope, RapidEye NASA (funded) researchers Planet Explorer Yes Planet EULA
SkySat SDX No
Spire GNSS Radio Occulation

GNSS Grazing Angle Reflectometry

Satellite Precise Orbital Determination (POD) and Satellite Attitude

Total Electron Content

Ionospheric Profiles


NASA (funded) researchers SDX


Spire EULA
Maxar (formerly DigitalGlobe) WorldView 1, WorldView 2, WorldView 3, QuickBird, IKONOS, and GeoEye NASA (funded) researchers CAD4NASA Yes NextView EULA
WorldView 4 Maxar EULA
Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. DESIS U.S. Government (funded) researchers TCloudHost Yes DESIS EULA

All data requests must be approved by CSDAP data managers. Contact us 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 CSDAP 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.

As additional commercial datasets are evaluated and acquired, these datasets will also be made available. Please check back regularly.

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