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PlanetScope and SkySat Join ESA Third Party Mission Programme for Access to Planet Imagery for Research Community


We are pleased to announce that Planet’s PlanetScope and SkySat data have officially joined the European Space Agency (ESA) Third Party Mission Programme, enabling ESA the ability to grant Planet data for the European research community. Through the ESA Earthnet Programme, researchers, scientists and companies from around the world can apply to access Planet’s high-frequency, high-resolution satellite data for non-commercial use. Planet is thrilled to join ESA in their mission to further elevate climate research and land use monitoring across the Earth.

Initiated in 1976, the ESA Earthnet Programme is a “network for Earth,”  with the purpose of building an Earth Observation science community to acquire and share knowledge of our planet. Within this program, Planet joins more than 50 other missions to add near-daily PlanetScope imagery, 50 cm orthorectified SkySat imagery, and RapidEye archive data to this global network. In 2019, Planet entered into an agreement with ESA as a Third Party Mission under evaluation to provide data from its medium and high-resolution constellation.

“We are very pleased to welcome PlanetScope and SkySat to ESA’s Third Party Missions portfolio and to begin the distribution of the Planet data through the ESA Earthnet Programme”, said Peggy Fischer, the Mission Manager of ESA Third Party Missions. “The high-resolution and high-frequency imagery from these satellite constellations will provide an invaluable resource for the European R&D and applications community, greatly benefiting research and business opportunities across a wide range of sectors.”

“Collaborating with ESA is the next step for Planet in our mission to image all of Earth’s landmass every day, making global change visible, accessible, and actionable”, said Charlie Candy, Planet’s Chief Revenue Officer. “It is fundamental that we empower the research community with transparent resources and knowledge for the benefit of all citizens.”

We take our mission seriously as we work with our partners through the ESA Earthnet Programme, providing critical data to support ground-breaking work. Researchers and scientists may report their work and results after completion of their project through the program. This will unleash a new set of uses and applications of earth observation data to combat climate change and develop new capabilities in a variety of industries. The ESA TPM process includes the submission of a project proposal on the ESA Earth Online portal.  To find out more on how to apply to the Earthnet Programme and get started with Planet data, join here.

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