Posted on October 1st, 2019

2-meter Medium-Resolution FORMOSAT-5 Satellite Imagery Available Now!

Taiwan’s newest earth observing satellite, FORMOSAT-5, is now available through Apollo Mapping! We are excited to offer this new medium-resolution satellite imagery to bolster our immense archive on Image Hunter. With 2-meter resolution, FORMOSAT-5 fills a gap in the medium-resolution market. Its large footprint and low per square kilometer (sq km) price makes it a great option for land-use mapping and disaster management.

A 2-meter color image of Oakland, California collected by Formosat-5 on March 31, 2019. This image has been enhanced by Apollo Mapping for improved colors and clarity. (Image Courtesy: National Applied Research Laboratories)

Most satellites collect a panchromatic band at four times the resolution of their multispectral bands. FORMOSAT-5 is unique however as it collects a 2-meter (m) panchromatic band with 4-m multispectral bands. That’s higher resolution and twice the fidelity in FORMOSAT-5 multispectral imagery. FORMOSAT-5 forges its own path with a fixed orbital track, great for monitoring and mapping land-use change. You can download the fixed orbital track of FORMOSAT-5 here.

Below is a summary of FORMOSAT-5’s key specifications:

  • Sensor Resolution (at nadir): 2-m panchromatic & 4-m multispectral
  • Spectral Bands: panchromatic and 4-band multispectral (blue, green, red and NIR)
  • Footprint Width: 24 km (at nadir)
  • Daily Collection Capacity: 172,240 sq km

You can search for FORMOSAT-5 coverage 24-hours a day by using Image Hunter as well as find detailed specifications and sample imagery on our website here.

If you have any pricing requests, additional questions or would like a new price list with FORMOSAT-5 data added in, send us an email at [email protected]!

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