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Posted on February 7th, 2013

Ever Wondered How Much Imagery High Resolution Satellites Collect?

This map shows the areas imaged by Pléiades 1A from September 1 to December 31, 2012 over Central America (in dark blue). Please note that in many instances, multiple images were collected over the same area which is impossible to portray in this static map.

Well, we definitely have! So in this monthly piece, we pick a high resolution satellite, a time period and a geography, and then report key statistics on the total amount of imagery collected. So without further ado, let’s jump into our analysis.

  • Graphic Region of Interest: Given that it’s winter in the Northern Hemisphere, collections have slowed on this side of our globe; so we turn our attention to the nations of continental Central America.
  • Time Period: September 1 to December 31, 2012
  • High Resolution Satellite: Pléiades 1A
  • Land Mass Covered: 2,459,149 square kilometers (sq km)

Central America Pléiades 1A Imaging Statistics

  • Total Area Collected: 1,783,403 sq km; 14,618 sq km per day
  • Area Collected @ 20% or Less Clouds & 30 Degrees Off-Nadir: 846,313 sq km; 6,937 sq km per day; 47.5% of total

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