LandSat image of Miami (NASA)

NASA launches Remote Sensing Toolkit

To help commercial users more easily take advantage of NASA's remote sensing data, the space agency created the Remote Sensing Toolkit, a website that lets users unfamiliar with aircraft and satellite data and image analysis browse or keyword search through sensing data, existing applications and software that can be used to build tools.

NASA collects petabytes of data each year from its constellation of Earth-orbiting satellites, but both the datasets themselves and the tools for processing them have been spread across dozens of sites, making it difficult for potential users to access and use the data, officials said.

This new comprehensive collection assembled by NASA's Technology Transfer program offers users an easy way to tap into both near-real-time and archived data and imagery from satellites and aircraft monitoring a wide variety of natural and man-made phenomena. 

Tools include those for data access, manipulation and visualization across several areas including atmosphere, cryosphere, oceans and human dimensions.  Users who want to build their own tools will find software components related to data preparation, management, analysis and visualization.

“Over the years, many organizations around the world have found innovative ways to turn NASA satellite data into beneficial information products here on Earth,” said Kevin Murphy of NASA’s Earth Science Division in Washington. “Remote Sensing Toolkit will help grow the number of users who put NASA’s free and open data archive to work for people.”    

NASA shares much of the software it creates across the enterprise available through its tech transfer portal, where qualified users can tap into software related to  business systems management, data servers, image processing, autonomous systems and crew life support. 

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