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Posted on February 4th, 2020

Image Hunter Updates – GeoJSON Uploads & UTC Times for IKONOS and TeLEOS

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 68-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 February 2020 Improvement(s)

In the past month we spent the first few weeks of it trying to slay a dragon that haunted Image Hunter for many moons – and we are happy to report the preview dragon is indeed dead! It is not an issue any of our users would have seen but it did impact overall system performance and so we are glad it’s fixed. We also added in a new format for uploads and made progress on a new high-resolution satellite that should be live in the next week or so – keep your eyes on Image Hunter for that exciting change to go live outside our normal release schedule.

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

  • Added UTC collection times for IKONOS and TeLEOS. While adding in the UTC times for IKONOS we discovered some pretty major bugs with the archive and alerted Maxar about it; so for an unforeseen amount of time you will see some missing previews and many missing collection times.
  • Upload polygons in GeoJSON format.
  • Fixed a few vendor names in the Data Selector.
  • Put a scale bar back on the map.
  • Improved the stability of many database updates including OHS footprints, and Maxar and Airbus footprints and previews.
  • Added in Hexagon stereo and DSM coverage.

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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