Posted on September 7th, 2021

A HUGE Archive – 3-m PlanetScope Satellite Imagery with a 250 sq km Minimum Order

Have you searched for medium-resolution satellite 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 our most ubiquitous medium-resolution options, PlanetScope is actually 150 micro-satellites (and counting!) that compile a gigantic archive of imagery spanning nearly the entire globe daily. In addition, PlanetScope 3-m 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 at least 200 hundred million 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 [email protected].

PlanetScope Key Specifications Summary:

  • Launch Date: multiple clustered Dove microsat launches since 2016
  • Sensor Resolution: At-nadir – 3-m 4-band, 5-band and 8-band multispectral (International Space Station orbit); 3.7 m (sun synchronous orbit)

DID YOU HEAR THE NEWS?! 8-band PlanetScope imagery collected by SuperDoves with new coastal-blue and red-edge data is now available and searchable on Image Hunter! Read more about this exciting announcement here.

An important note on 5-band versus 8-band PlanetScope imagery for our readers. At this time, 5-band PlanetScope imagery is only offered as an OrthoTile product; while 8-band PlanetScope imagery is only offered as a Scene. Further, the 5-band product offers a more traditional set of spectral bands with blue, green, red, red edge and NIR; versus the 8-band product which divides green into individual bands for a coastal blue, blue, green I, green II, yellow, red, red edge and NIR delivery. So, for most users, the 5-band product type is actually easier to work with given the traditional green band.

For more information about 4-band, 5-band and 8-band 3-meter PlanetScope imagery, you can check out our website here or send us an email at [email protected] and we will gladly help price out your next medium-resolution imagery product!

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