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Posted on December 6th, 2022

Product Update – Simplified Ordering Options for 3-m PlanetScope Satellite Imagery

A 3-m color PlanetScope image collected over Cerro Azulde Shallapa, Peru on July 11, 2022. This image has been processed by Apollo Mapping for improved colors and clarity. (Image Copyright: Planet, 2022)

If you queried 3-meter (m) PlanetScope on Image Hunter in the past, you might have been a bit overwhelmed by the five selections you could choose from. Well long story short, if you check out Image Hunter today, you will see we simplified those five selections down to one – nice! Nothing has changed with PlanetScope imagery, it’s the same 3-meter 3-band, 4-band or 8-band data you knew from the past, however now we use the same catalogue ID to order data no matter the band combination. And when we place an order for PlanetScope imagery, we pick out the band combination – either 3, 4 or 8-band – and then the processing options for referencing, corrections and more. It brings PlanetScope ordering in-line with the other satellites we sell at Apollo Mapping so we are very excited to welcome this change to Image Hunter.

If you have not heard of the satellite constellation PlanetScope, please read on to find out more about its enormous 3-m imagery archive and cost-effective pricing model!

As one of our most ubiquitous medium-resolution options, PlanetScope is actually 240+ micro-satellites (and counting!) that compile a gigantic archive of imagery spanning nearly the entire globe daily. In addition, PlanetScope 3-m multispectral imagery is not pansharpened, this is the native resolution; making it comparable to the ‘high-resolution’ multispectral imagery collected by Deimos-2 or KOMPSAT-3, for example.

With so many satellites available in our archive of imagery, you may be wondering: “What are the key benefits of PlanetScope data?” Great question! For one, PlanetScope and its 240+ fleet of Dove microsats can make daily revisits to nearly any location. On top of that, the combined collection capacity is at least 350 hundred million square kilometers (sq km) per day! This means tons of medium-resolution imagery collected over sites that other satellites may have missed on a daily basis, making PlanetScope a great choice for projects involving narrow timeframes and/or monitoring.

But that’s not all! Perhaps the most impressive feature of PlanetScope is not the huge collection capacity or daily revisits, but its price. At $1.80 per sq km and a 250 sq km minimum order size, PlanetScope is hard to beat if budget is a driving factor of your project.

PlanetScope Key Specifications Summary:

  • Launch Date: multiple clustered Dove microsat launches since 2016
  • Sensor Resolution (at nadir): up to 3-m (International Space Station orbit); up to 3.7 m (sun synchronous orbit)
  • Spectral Bands: 3-band, 4-band and 8-band multispectral

For more information about 3-band, 4-band and 8-band 3-meter PlanetScope imagery, you can check out our website here or send us an email at and we will gladly help price out your next medium-resolution imagery product!

And we know that imagery needs can change at any moment and from project to project; so if you’d like to learn more about our pricing options and other available satellites, ask us for our latest imagery price list by emailing

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