International Satellites & MicroSats – Medium Resolution

View Example Imagery From Our Featured International Satellites and MicroSats

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In the past few years, the world has seen a proliferation in the launch of medium resolution satellites, many of these by international companies. On this page, you will find key specifications of the international satellites and microsats we have chosen to work with as well as a variety of full resolution samples. Detailed pricing information for these and all of the satellites we work with can be found here.

GaoFen-1 - 2-meter (m)
  • GaoFen-1 Launch Date: April 26, 2013, 4:13 UTC
  • GaoFen-1 Sensor Resolution:
    • At nadir – 2-m panchromatic & 8-m multispectral (MS)
  • GaoFen-1 Spectral Band Wavelength Range: (in nm)
    • Panchromatic – 450 to 900
    • Blue – 450 to 520
    • Green – 520 to 590
    • Red – 630 to 690
    • NIR – 770 to 890
  • GaoFen-1 Equatorial Crossing Time: 10:30 local time (approximate; across lit side of Earth)
  • GaoFen-1 Revisit Frequency: within 4 days, global average
  • GaoFen-1 Dynamic Range: 10-bit
  • GaoFen-1 Footprint Width: 60 kilometer (km, at nadir)
  • GaoFen-1 Georeferenced Horizontal Accuracy: 50-m CE90 (global average; depends on terrain and nadir pointing)
ZiYuan-3 - 2.1-m
  • ZiYuan-3 Launch Date: January 9, 2012 (ZY3-01), May 30, 2016 (ZY3-02); two satellite constellation of similar but not identical sensors
  • ZiYuan-3 Sensor Resolution:
    • Mono at nadir – 2.1-m panchromatic & 5.8-m multispectral (MS)
    • Stereo – 3.5-m panchromatic (ZY3-01), 2.5-m panchromatic (ZY3-02); plus 2.1-m at-nadir panchromatic image (commonly collected with stereo but not always)
  • ZiYuan-3 Spectral Band Wavelength Range: (in nm)
    • Panchromatic – 500 to 800
    • Blue – 450 to 520
    • Green – 520 to 590
    • Red – 630 to 690
    • NIR – 770 to 890
  • ZiYuan-3 Equatorial Crossing Time: 10:30 local time (approximate; across lit side of Earth)
  • ZiYuan-3 Revisit Frequency: within 5 days, global average
  • ZiYuan-3 Dynamic Range: 10-bit
  • ZiYuan-3 Footprint Width: 51 km mono (at nadir); 52 km stereo
  • ZiYuan-3 Daily Collection Capacity: 1,000,000 sq km
  • ZiYuan-3 Georeferenced Horizontal Accuracy: 50-m CE90 (global average; depends on terrain and nadir pointing)
Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS) Panchromatic Remote-sensing Instrument for Stereo Mapping (PRISM) - 2.5-m stereo
  • ALSO PRISM Life Span: January 24, 2006 01:49 UTC (launched) – May 12, 2011 (last image)
  • ALSO PRISM Sensor Resolution: 2.5-m panchromatic at nadir; plus forward and backward stereo; vast majority of images in stereo and/or tri-stereo
  • ALSO PRISM Spectral Band Wavelength Range: 520 to 770 nm
  • ALSO PRISM Equatorial Crossing Time: 10:30 local time (approximate; across lit side of Earth)
  • ALSO PRISM Revisit Frequency: 5 days, global average
  • ALSO PRISM Dynamic Range: 8-bit
  • ALSO PRISM Footprint Width: 35 km (at nadir) in triplet mode (forward, backward and nadir)
PlanetScope - 3-m
  • PlanetScope Launch Dates: multiple, clustered Dove microsat launches since 2015
    • Early launches: December 6, 2015, Flock 2e, 6 ISS orbit Doves; March 23, 2016, Flock 2e’, 18 ISS orbit Doves; June 22, 2016, Flock 2p, 9 SSO orbit Doves
    • Later launches: February 15, 2017, 3:58 UTC, Flock 3p, 71 SSO orbit Doves; July 14, 2017, 6:36 UTC, Flock 2k, 48 SSO orbit Doves; October 31, 2017, 21:37 UTC, Flock 3m, 4 SSO orbit Doves; January 12, 2018, 3:59 UTC, Flock 3p’, 4 tech demo SSO orbit Doves; January 21, 2018, 1:43 UTC, 1 Dove Pioneer SSO orbit
  • PlanetScope Sensor Resolution:
    • At nadir – 3.0-m (International Space Station orbit, ISS); 3.9-m (sun synchronous orbit, SSO)
  • PlanetScope Spectral Band Wavelength Range: (in nm)
    • Blue – 455 to 515
    • Green – 500 to 590
    • Red – 590 to 670
    • NIR – 780 to 860 (not present on all Doves)
  • PlanetScope Equatorial Crossing Time: variable (International Space Station orbit); 9:30 – 11:30 local time (sun synchronous orbit) (approximate times; across lit side of Earth)
  • PlanetScope Revisit Frequency: daily
  • PlanetScope Dynamic Range: 12-bit
  • PlanetScope Scene Size: 20 km x 12 km (International Space Station orbit); 24.6 km x 16.4 km (sun synchronous orbit) (approximate scene size)
  • PlanetScope Daily Collection Capacity: 8,100 sq km (International Space Station orbit); 20,000 sq km (sun synchronous orbit) (per Dove, per orbit)
  • PlanetScope Georeferenced Horizontal Accuracy: 10-m or less RMSE (global average; depends on terrain)