Frequently Asked Questions
Am I eligible for a Basic Account in the Education and Research Program?
At present, Planet is accepting applications from students, researchers, technical staff and faculty at accredited universities. Nonprofit and government employees are not eligible.
What usage rights are granted with a Basic Account?
Users that are approved will have access to view and download up to 10,000 square kilometers of imagery per month for non-commercial research purposes. Downloaded images can be published for illustrative purposes with attribution, such as in figures in peer-reviewed manuscripts, blogs and similar content. Planet data may not be sold or used in the development of value-added products or tools that might be sold.
I need more than 10,000 square kilometers per month. How should I proceed?
Our team has developed the Investigator Account, which supports 50 million square kilometers of download per year, and is priced competitively for academic researchers. Please let us know what your needs are via this form
What if I have a commercial use in mind?
That’s awesome! This just isn’t the right license for that. Our sales team would love to hear from you via this form
I represent a university. Can my whole institution apply for access?
Our team has developed the Institutional Account, which supports the whole university ecosystem. Please let us know what your needs are via this form
Can I teach a course with a Basic Account?
Absolutely yes! At present, each user needs to apply for and secure their own account. In the future we plan to offer additional resources to educators. If you have a compelling classroom and curriculum that needs more centralized access, please get in touch
How do I cite Planet data in my work?
From a concept in our garage, to operating the largest fleet of Earth-imaging satellites, many people have invested time and energy in developing and enabling access to Planet’s unique data feed. Please cite Planet when using our imagery and tools. To cite Planet data in publications, please use the following:
Planet Team (2017). Planet Application Program Interface: In Space for Life on Earth. San Francisco, CA. https://api.planet.com
How do I become a Planet Ambassador?
Planet Ambassadors are now selected by invitation only. To become one, show us what you've got by registering for a Basic Account!
What is the RapidEye Science Archive (RESA)?
Through a partnership with the German Space Agency, German-based researchers are eligible to access even more data: up to 20 Million square kilometers of RapidEye data products. Learn more here