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ASU named as Planet’s first higher education partner


We’re pleased to announce Arizona State University (ASU) as Planet’s first institutional data partner for higher education. In an effort to expand the education and research use of Planet’s daily global stream of satellite imagery, ASU students and researchers will have access to our growing catalogue of imagery from our Dove and RapidEye 3-5 meter resolution satellites.

“Combining ASU’s leadership in innovation with the unprecedented temporal resolution of Planet data provides the opportunity to unlock massive research potential,” said Tanya Harrison, Director of Research for ASU NewSpace. ASU NewSpace is a leader in the integration of higher education research and technology development with entrepreneurial and commercial space enterprises.   

Greg Asner, Director of ASU’s Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science, and his team have pioneered numerous uses of Planet’s satellite data streams, with applications ranging from the world’s tropical forests to its coral reefs.

“This new data partnership between ASU and Planet will open the floodgates for literally everyday use of satellite imaging technology to address many of the most pressing issues on Earth including biodiversity loss and climate change, “ said Asner. “Our Center is pleased to serve as an ASU technical hub for research, applications and teaching with the world’s most powerful satellite constellation.”

Robbie Schingler, Planet’s Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, noted the industry connections fostered by ASU NewSpace: “This is a center with deep connections across the aerospace community, whose students are genuinely powering a space renaissance. We look forward to their insights.”

With NewSpace and the Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science, ASU has become one of the premier institutions in the world for Earth systems and space science, and hosts an incredibly talented and diverse student body. We couldn’t be more excited to get Planet data into the hands of these aspiring scientists and practitioners and see what they come up with.