Posted on January 7th, 2020

A HUGE and Growing Archive – Medium-Resolution 3-meter PlanetScope Satellite Imagery

Have you searched for medium resolution imagery in Image Hunter recently? If so, you have surely seen lots of imagery from the 3-meter (m) satellite constellation, PlanetScope. As one of the most ubiquitous medium-resolution options, PlanetScope is actually 150 micro-satellites (and counting!) that compile a gigantic archive of imagery spanning the entire globe daily. In addition, the 3-m resolution multispectral imagery is not pansharpened, this is the native resolution; making it comparable to the ‘high-resolution’ multispectral imagery collected by Deimos-2 or KOMPSAT-3 for example.

A 3-m color PlanetScope image collected over New York City, New York on June 20, 2017. This image has been processed by Apollo Mapping for improved colors and clarity. (Image Copyright: Planet, 2017)

With so many satellites available in our archive of imagery, you may be wondering: “What are the key benefits of PlanetScope data?” Great question! For one, PlanetScope and its 150+ fleet of Dove microsats can make daily revisits to nearly any location. On top of that, the combined collection capacity is hundreds of millions of square kilometers (sq km) per day! This means tons of medium-resolution imagery collected over sites that other satellites may have missed, making PlanetScope a great choice for projects involving narrow timeframes and/or monitoring.

But that’s not all! Perhaps the most impressive feature of PlanetScope is not the huge collection capacity or daily revisits, but its price. At $1.80 per sq km and a 250 sq km minimum order size, PlanetScope is hard to beat if budget is a driving factor of your project.

We know that imagery needs can change at any moment and from project to project. If you’d like to learn more about our pricing options and other available satellites, ask us for our latest imagery price list by emailing sales@apollomapping.com.

PlanetScope Key Specifications Summary:

  • Launch Date: multiple clustered Dove microsat launches since 2016
  • Sensor Resolution: At-nadir – 3 m four-band multispectral (International Space Station orbit); 3.7 m (sun synchronous orbit)

For more information about 3-meter PlanetScope imagery, you can check out our website here or send us an email at sales@apollomapping.com and we will gladly help price out your next medium-resolution imagery product!

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