Are you working on a monitoring project for agriculture, forestry or water quality? Or perhaps you are just interested in learning out more about the RapidEye imaging system? If so, there is a new white paper that summarizes the value of RapidEye’s red edge band. A bibliography accompanies the white paper for those seeking a more detailed handling of the topics covered in the document which can be downloaded here.
The RapidEye Constellation
RapidEye is a constellation of five 5-meter medium resolution satellites each offering five spectral bands of information. The RapidEye constellation offers a daily revisit time to every location on the planet with a huge footprint that is 77-km wide. The data is priced competitively with a starting cost of $1.28 per square kilometer for all five spectral bands – academics receive a discount on this price. RapidEye adds a fifth band, the red edge, to the ‘traditional’ multispectral set of blue, green, red and near-infrared (NIR). The additional spectral data available in the red edge band allows users to extract more useful land ‘information’ than can be extracted from traditional 4-band imagery sources.