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ESA Announcement of Opportunity for Planet – PlanetScope and SkySat

28 January 2020

ESA offers an opportunity for scientists and researchers to access Planet data (Planetscope and SkySat) products for science and applications development within ESA's Third Party Mission programme.

PlanetScope is a constellation of 120+ satellites named Doves, that are able to provide VHR imagery of the entire landmass of the Earth daily with a huge amount of data at a global scale.

Skysat composed of 15 satellites, is able to provide a ground resolution of about 72 cm for multispectral bands.

Different product formats are available to serve different use cases:

  • Basic Scene product: Scaled Top of Atmosphere Radiance (at sensor) and sensor-corrected product. Designed for users with advanced image processing and geometric correction capabilities. Not orthorectified or corrected for terrain distortions.
  • Ortho Scene product: represent the single-frame image captured as acquired by the satellite with additional post processing applied.
  • Consolidated product (only for SkySat): ortho frames belonging to the same collect are merged into a single deliverable for considerably easier file management.

ESA scientific users can request this kind of data by submitting a project proposal provided that the user undertakes to submit to ESA a full report on the assessment of data quality.