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Posted on December 6th, 2022

New Minimum Order Announcement for 50-cm SkySat Imagery

A 50-cm SkySat imagery collected over Madrid, Span on April 3, 2020. (Credit: Planet, 2022)

Apollo Mapping is excited to announce a deal with Planet to sell SkySat data with a new, more approachable minimum order size. Our customers can now buy archived 50-centimeter (cm) resolution SkySat data with a minimum order size of 100 square kilometers. SkySat’s archive is more robust by the day thanks to its constellation of 21 satellites, the oldest dating back to 2014. Site monitoring is a snap with SkySat’s impressive revisit times, up to 12 daily revisits with an average of 6 to 7. The SkySat archive is at your fingertips and ready to search in Image Hunter.

The new minimum order size empowers our customers to access data that meets their needs and their budgets. 19 of the 21 satellites are the more advanced SkySat C-generation with four multispectral bands: blue, green, red and near-infrared, collected at approximately 81-cm resolution; as well as a panchromatic band with 65-cm resolution that can be resampled to 50-cm resolution. The most recent satellites went into orbit in 2020. For now, get acquainted with some of SkySat’s key characteristics:

  • Spectral Bands:
    • Panchromatic
    • 4-band multispectral (blue, green, red and NIR)
  • Sensor Resolution:
    • Pre-2016 sats – 90-cm panchromatic & 1.0-m multispectral (at-nadir, 500 km altitude)
    • 2016 to October 2019 – 72-cm panchromatic & 1.0-m multispectral (at-nadir, 500 km altitude); transition to 50-cm panchromatic started about October 2019
    • July 2020 and on – 65-cm panchromatic & 81-cm multispectral (at-nadir, 500 km altitude); SkySats 1/2 remain at 72-cm panchromatic & 1.0-m multispectral; delivered as pansharpened 50-cm 4-band imagery through super-resolution processing
  • Spectral Band Wavelength Range: (in nm)
    • Panchromatic – 450 to 900
    • Blue – 450 to 515
    • Green – 515 to 595
    • Red – 605 to 695
    • NIR – 740 to 900
  • Dynamic Range: 11-bits
  • Video Imaging: 50-cm panchromatic only (72-cm for data collected before July 2020); up to 120-seconds (60-second maximum recommended)
  • Footprint Width: each microsat has three cameras collecting overlapping scenes approximately 2,560 x 1,080 pixels

You can search for SkySat coverage 24-hours a day by using Image Hunter. If you have any pricing requests, additional questions or would like a price list with 50-cm SkySat data included, send us an email at!

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