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About HRC

Central Athens captured by PROBA HRC on 7 July 2004

The High Resolution Camera (HRC) is a black and white camera with a miniaturised telescope, which was launched on board ESA's PROBA-1 satellite on 22 October 2001, and is primarily intended for technology, educational and general public information purposes.

With a high spatial resolution of five metres, HRC can acquire images with an area of 25 square kilometres.

As well as studying the Earth, the spacecraft also returns data on its own immediate environment.

The HRC was built by OIP of Belgium.


Data Description

Through the Online Dissemination server, ESA offers registered users access to the following data collections:

Data Tools

A number of tools are available for visualising, processing and analysing PROBA-1 data.

Sentinel Application Platform

Sentinel Application Platform (SNAP) is a common architecture for all Sentinel Toolboxes. It is ideal for Earth Observation processing and analysis due to technological innovations.

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HDFclean V2 is a program for reprocessing images stored in the HDF file format (Hierarchical Data Format).


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