Open data program

Maxar releases open data for select sudden onset major crisis events

Open Data Events

The Open Data program is our mission in action. Maxar supports the greater geospatial community by providing the most accurate data and analytics in times of disaster. Organizations working on the front lines increase their impact and effectiveness by having access to this data.

Open data stats from 2020

How many events?

16 events

How many countries?

Data from 30 countries

How many square km?

1,594,511 sq km of imagery released

How many total events?

76 events activated since 2017

Accelerating Humanitarian Response

When crises occur, Maxar is committed to supporting the humanitarian community by providing critical and actionable information to assist response efforts. Associated imagery and crowdsourcing layers are released into the public domain under a Creative Commons 4.0 license, allowing for rapid use and easy integration with existing humanitarian response technologies.

Disaster Response Activation Protocol

Activation Criteria
  • Sudden onset natural disaster
  • Categorized as a major event based on geographic scope, humanitarian impact, and expectation of need
  • FirstLook event service has been activated

Most recent Open Data event

Hurricane Ida

Hurricane Ida hit parts of Louisiana and Mississippi Sunday, August 29, 2021, with wind gusts up to 172 mph. More than a million customers were left without electricity, including all of New Orleans. As of August 30, one death was blamed on the storm. Ida left many residents on coastal Louisiana trapped by floodwaters and waiting to be rescued. Hurricane Ida is expected to take a toll on the energy, chemical and shipping industries which have major hubs along the Gulf Coast.

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Events from 2021
Event Date
Pakistan Earthquake Oct. 06, 2021 Learn more
Cyclone Shaheen Oct. 03, 2021 Learn more
Hurricane Ida Aug. 29, 2021 Learn more
Tropical Storm Henri Aug. 22, 2021 Learn more
Tropical Storm Fred Aug. 21, 2021 Learn more
Haiti Earthquake 2021 Aug. 14, 2021 Learn more
Turkish Wildfires July 28, 2021 Learn more
Dixie Fire July 13, 2021 Learn more
Bootleg Fire July 06, 2021 Learn more
Western Europe Flooding June 18, 2021 Learn more
Canterbury Floods June 01, 2021 Learn more
Nyiragongo Eruption May 22, 2021 Learn more
St. Vincent Volcano April 09, 2021 Learn more
Bata Explosions March 07, 2021 Learn more
Uttarakhand-Flooding Feb. 08, 2021 Learn more
Events from 2020
Event Date
Hurricanes Eta and Iota Nov. 18, 2020 Learn more
Typhoon Vamco Nov. 12, 2020 Learn more
Turkey Earthquake Nov. 06, 2020 Learn more
Typhoon Goni Nov. 02, 2020 Learn more
Mauritius Oil Spill Oct. 13, 2020 Learn more
Hurricane Delta Oct. 08, 2020 Learn more
Oregon Washington Fires Sept. 16, 2020 Learn more
Hurricane Sally Sept. 15, 2020 Learn more
California and Colorado Fires Sept. 09, 2020 Learn more
Ndjamena Chad Flooding Sept. 05, 2020 Learn more
Hurricane Laura Aug. 26, 2020 Learn more
Beirut Explosion Aug. 04, 2020 Learn more
COVID19 March 11, 2020 Learn more
COVID19 Democratic Republic of the Congo March 10, 2020 Learn more
COVID19 Sierra Leone March 10, 2020 Learn more
COVID19 Malawi March 10, 2020 Learn more
COVID19 Jamaica March 10, 2020 Learn more
COVID19 Ghana March 10, 2020 Learn more
Typhoon Vongfong March 10, 2020 Learn more
COVID19 South Sudan March 10, 2020 Learn more
COVID19 Bangladesh March 10, 2020 Learn more
Australia Wildfires Jan. 15, 2020 Learn more
Puerto Rico Earthquake Jan. 08, 2020 Learn more
Events from 2019
Event Date
Kincade Fire Oct. 20, 2019 Learn more
Hurricane Dorian Sept. 01, 2019 Learn more
South Sudan Flooding Aug. 25, 2019 Learn more
Midwest Floods June 01, 2019 Learn more
Cyclone Fani May 02, 2019 Learn more
Cyclone Idai March 24, 2019 Learn more
Papua Indonesia Flooding March 18, 2019 Learn more
Events from 2018
Event Date
Sunda Strait Tsunami Dec. 22, 2018 Learn more
Woolsey Fire Nov. 08, 2018 Learn more
California Wildfires Nov. 01, 2018 Learn more
Super Typhoon Yutu Oct. 24, 2018 Learn more
Hurricane Willa Oct. 23, 2018 Learn more
Hurricane Michael Oct. 10, 2018 Learn more
Indonesia Earthquake & Tsunami Sept. 28, 2018 Learn more
Super Typhoon Mangkhut Sept. 14, 2018 Learn more
Hurricane Florence Sept. 14, 2018 Learn more
Flooding in India Aug. 17, 2018 Learn more
Indonesia Earthquake Aug. 12, 2018 Learn more
Myanmar Floods July 30, 2018 Learn more
Carr Wildfire July 27, 2018 Learn more
Lower Puna Volcano May 03, 2018 Learn more
Tropical Cyclone Gita Feb. 13, 2018 Learn more
Events from 2017
Event Date
Southern California Wildfires Dec. 05, 2017 Learn more
Santa Rosa Wildfires Oct. 08, 2017 Learn more
Southern Mexico Earthquake Sept. 08, 2017 Learn more
Hurricane Irma Sept. 06, 2017 Learn more
Hurricane Harvey Aug. 25, 2017 Learn more
Sierra Leone Mudslide Aug. 14, 2017 Learn more
Portugal Wildfires June 17, 2017 Learn more
Events from 2016
Event Date
Hurricane Matthew Oct. 09, 2016 Learn more
Ecuador Earthquake April 16, 2016 Learn more
Events from 2015
Event Date
Pinery Bushfires Nov. 25, 2015 Learn more
Nepal Earthquake April 25, 2015 Learn more
Events from 2013
Event Date
Moore Tornado May 20, 2013 Learn more
Events from 2011
Event Date
Tuscaloosa Tornado April 27, 2011 Learn more
Joplin Tornado March 22, 2011 Learn more
Events from 2010
Event Date
Haiti Earthquake Jan. 12, 2010 Learn more

All events

To view the archive of Open Data events click below

Open Data archive

Program partners

Our Program Partners use, access and champion the Open Data Program. They provide feedback on how the data and program are supporting their emergency response data needs, disseminate the data to those who can use it the most, request activations for events. Without our Program Partners, the Open Data Program would not be as impactful as it is today.

Without Maxar as key partner providing satellite imagery, there would not be HOT as we know it.

—Cristiano Giovando
Technical Project Lead, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

This initiative underlines the trusted partnership between UNOOSA and Maxar in the area of geospatial information and analytics as the rapid availability of data is essential for a successful response to such a devastating event like the earthquake in Ecuador

Hurricane Dorian Damage Assessment

Collaborative crowdsourcing with OpenStreetMap to expedite recovery efforts in the Bahamas.

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Maxar Mapathon for Myanmar Flood Season

Helping the American Red Cross and Missing Maps Project create open data for improved flood response.

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News and Updates

News Bureau

DIU launched the xView challenge to assess building damage from satellite imagery

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SpaceNews: Satellites to the Rescue after Natural Disasters

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Center for Strategic and International Studies: Improving Disaster Response through Aerospace Technology

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Quartz: Satellite images show Mozambique’s Beira city before and after Cyclone Idai

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NBC News: Hurricane Dorian before and after images in the Bahamas reveal extent of storm's destruction

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Satellite Imagery Helps Indonesian Earthquake Victims

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Satellite images show the devastating floods in the Midwest

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