Posted on January 7th, 2020

Image Hunter Updates – Another New URL & Additional UTC Times

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 46 sensors/datasets and 16 vendors, our database contains more than 64-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 Maxar-DigitalGlobe, Airbus, Planet and 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 January 2020 Improvement(s)

Out with 2019 and in with 2020 – welcome to a new decade! In the past month, we spent time on backend preview updates, improving their stability; purchased a new URL, imagehunter.com; as well as implementing a slew of smaller Image Hunter fixes including some additional UTC collections times. We are still working on adding a few new high-resolution satellites, but unfortunately the metadata and spatial files are not up to par; so we are collaborating with these new vendors to improve their APIs and get them added in!

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

  • Registered a new simple URL for Image Hunter, and it is the best one we could have – imagehunter.com!
  • Added UTC collections times for ALOS satellite imagery.
  • Polygons can be downloaded in GeoJSON format now.
  • Fixed our automatic daily updates for Vricon DEM data and Hexagon aerial imagery.
  • Removed some erroneous KOMPSAT and Deimos-1 satellite images.
  • Fixed a display issue with UTC times for Maxar-DigitalGlobe images.
  • Updated Deimos-2 off-nadir angles.
  • Changed OHS cloud cover values to N/A as the vendor’s metadata is incorrect.
  • Improved the performance of React on the front end.
  • Corrected an API ingest issue with KOMPSAT that blocked a few image previews from loading.
  • Crushed a bug on the Data Selector where multiple selections in a row could break search results.

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
  • SuperView-1 constellation
  • Landsat 1-8
  • TeLEOS-1
  • Hexagon (HxGN Content Program aerial imagery)
  • WorldDEM
  • Vricon DEMs
  • Orbita Hyperspectral Satellite (OHS)

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 15 data providers and 44 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 sales@apollomapping.com or (303) 993-3863.

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