Posted on August 3rd, 2021

Image Hunter Updates – 8-band PlanetScope Added In!

If you are searching for medium and high-resolution satellite imagery, the search is over as Image Hunter is the solution you’ve been looking for! Featuring satellite and aerial imagery as well as digital elevation models (DEMs) from a constantly expanding list of 54 sensors/datasets and 19 vendors, our database contains more than 115-million images/records meaning there is just no other website out there with this breadth of commercial data products. Our interface is slim-lined and modern, loading quickly on all platforms, browsers and operating systems. Further, our database is updated multiple times an hour with the most recent images collected by WorldView-3, Pléiades 1, PlanetScope, SuperView-1 and many more so you are sure to get the most current view of all the imagery and DEM databases we work with. Once you submit your request, an Apollo Mapping representative will be in touch within 4 Colorado business hours to get you the pricing information you need for your project.

So why wait? Give Image Hunter a try now to find the imagery and/or DEM data you need for your next mapping project!

Key August 2021 Improvement(s)

The one thing we can tell you about maintaining a large system like Image Hunter is that updates, previews and so much more can break daily so you have to constantly be on the lookout for issues. This month we found coverage issues with Airbus and Maxar stereo, and we are working hard to solve the backend bugs. For now, we fixed a slew of broken updates. And the change that our readers might be happiest about, is adding in 8-band PlanetScope data! It can be found in the Data Selector under the Planet tab listed as an 8-band scene or PS8.

Here is a summary of the changes/improvements we made to Image Hunter during the past month:

  • Added back in tons and tons of missing Airbus SPOT 6/7 and Pleiades 1 stereo data.
  • Improved handling of Airbus stereo and tri-stereo products.
  • Fixed a bug with previews for Maxar stereo.
  • Removed Jilin-1 nighttime data from the default search as the vendor archive has too many duplicates to display properly.
  • Deimos-2 stereo previews broke – we worked with the vendor to fix them.
  • Changed out an API key to restore Airbus data and preview updates.
  • Fixed the shapefile ingest process for Hexagon coverage.
  • Doubled the speed of our AWS database server.
  • Removed a slew of duplicate Airbus stereo IDs.

Data Alert – An Automated Daily Imagery Search

Have you checked out Data Alert which lets you define an area of interest anywhere around the globe, the resolution your project requires and the number of months we should keep the alert active? Once an alert is set up, we check for new data over your area of interest every single day, and send you an email when we find coverage that meets your specifications. We have a short YouTube video with directions to set up a Data Alert, check out the last video; and we have written directions for Data Alert here.

The Sensors Available in Image Hunter

As you might have seen in past articles, we now feature hourly updates (seriously!) of GaoFen 1/2, GeoEye-1, KOMPSAT 2/3/3A, Pléiades 1, SPOT 6/7, SuperView-1, TripleSAT, WorldView-1/2/3/4 and ZiYuan-3!

Image Hunter can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is a one-stop shop for every major source of medium and high-resolution satellite (and aerial!) imagery on the market today, including:

  • WorldView-4
  • WorldView-3
  • WorldView-2
  • WorldView-1
  • QuickBird
  • GeoEye-1
  • IKONOS
  • EROS B
  • KOMPSAT-3A
  • KOMPSAT-3
  • KOMPSAT-2
  • Pléiades 1 constellation
  • Deimos-1
  • Deimos-2
  • TripleSat
  • SPOT 1 to 7 constellation
  • RapidEye
  • GaoFen-2
  • GaoFen-1
  • ZiYuan-3 01/02 (mono and stereo!)
  • FORMOSAT-5
  • FORMOSAT-2
  • ALOS PRISM (stereo)
  • AW3D Standard (DEM)
  • SkySat constellation
  • PlanetScope constellation (including 5-band SuperDove data)
  • SuperView-1 constellation
  • Landsat 1-8
  • TeLEOS-1
  • Hexagon (HxGN Content Program aerial imagery)
  • WorldDEM
  • Vricon DEMs
  • Orbita Hyperspectral Satellite (OHS)
  • KazEOSat-1
  • KazEOSat-2
  • Jilin-1 Optical
  • Jilin-1 Video (including nighttime imagery)
  • Jilin-1 GF
  • Jillin-1 KF
  • Orbita Video Satellites-1/2/3 (OVS-1/2/3)
  • BlackSky Global series

Key Features of Image Hunter

If any of our readers have struggled with other geospatial search engines that are clunky, only query one data source and/or do not provide image previews, then Image Hunter is the solution to your woes as it features:

  • Online browsing of satellite and aerial imagery from 19 data providers and 54 satellite and aerial imagery derived datasets.
  • Near-instantaneous loading of low-resolution preview imagery with collection date, cloud cover and other key metadata.
  • The ability to define your area of interest by address, coordinates, geometric shape or shapefile/KMZ.
  • A responsive basemap with street names to provide spatial context when discovering data as well as crowd-sourced updates for the most accurate map possible.
  • Exports of the area of interest you create as well as the scenes you select in shapefile or KMZ format.
  • Support for all operating systems, and not just our friends with Windows machines!

Image Hunter can be accessed here all day and night, we are excited to find out what you think about our imagery search engine! So if you have any ideas and/or feedback to improve Image Hunter, please let us know at [email protected] or (303) 993-3863.

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