NASA and Esri Agreement Supports GIS Initiatives

ArcGIS software brings geospatial intelligence to research, exploration, and operations

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently signed an enterprise license agreement (ELA) with Esri, making ArcGIS software tools available for unlimited use by authorized NASA employees and contractors. The agreement reflects NASA’s extensive and growing use of Esri’s ArcGIS software to bring geospatial intelligence to a wide variety of mission-critical efforts, from streamlining operations to enabling research and exploration.

“NASA is one of the most innovative users of geographic information system [GIS] technology,” says Esri president Jack Dangermond. “NASA has demonstrated the power of geospatial thinking by applying GIS to a wide variety of areas to solve problems and advance understanding of our world and the universe.”

GIS plays a key role in NASA’s earth science research initiatives, which involve global efforts to monitor and study the factors of climate change. Esri technology supports collaboration between NASA and other organizations worldwide by providing a strong platform for sharing and analyzing geospatial data.

“GIS increases our understanding of the world around us through the visualization of information,” says Stennis Space Center environmental GIS lead Kelly Boyd. “Esri’s ArcGIS platform provides the tools to leverage this understanding each day to inform decisions in our work.”

The NASA Langley Research Center pioneered the use of GIS in facilities management to reorganize its 800-acre campus to cut costs while fully supporting existing activities, a move that could save hundreds of millions of dollars in the coming years across NASA and other facilities.

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[Source: Esri press release]

2 thoughts on “NASA and Esri Agreement Supports GIS Initiatives

  1. So I’ve always wondered- Is anyone at NASA or anywhere else creating GIS layers of other planets? Or even our moon? Would ESRI software be able to handle that kind of data?

  2. Tom, here are some links for you…

    New USGS Web Service Helps ArcGIS Users Study the Planets

    Assessment of Planetary Geologic Mapping Techniques for Mars using Terrestrial Analogs: The SP Mountain Area of the San Francisco Volcanic Field, Arizona

    Mission Architecture Decision Support System for Robotic Lunar Exploration

    Map-projection-independent Crater Size-frequency Determination in GIS Environments – New Software Tool for ArcGIS

    A Spatial Analysis of Gullies on Mars

    GIS for Planetary Science Resources


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