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Earth Topics (Applications)
  • Land
  • Vegetation

    Instrument type
    Date of Launch:
    29 August 2008
    Mission Status:
    Operating nominally
    Orbit Height:
    630 km
    Orbit type:
    Swath Width:
    77 km
    RapidEye Full Archive and New Acquisitions
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    Last update: 18 February 2019

    The RapidEye constellation consists of five optical Earth Observation satellites with a swath width of 77 km wide at nadir and a ground resolution of 6.5 metres. RapidEye's sensors produce imagery in five spectral bands: Blue (440-510 nm), Green (520-590 nm), Red (630-685 nm), Red Edge (690-730 nm), and Near Infrared (760-850 nm). The system collects up to five million square kilometres of optical imagery every day for its archive and over one billion km2 every year.

    Over 70% of RapidEye imagery has a view angle of less than 10°, as the view angle is always less than 20°. The system also has the capability for daily revisit to any point on earth. Each of the five satellites are inter-calibrated to one another and to the ground so that images between satellites are indistinguishable from each other and are useful for bio-physical analyses of vegetation.

    All RapidEye image products come with a reduced resolution browse image, XML metadata file and Unusable Data Mask (UDM) file. The UDM file is a reduced resolution, geo-referenced raster file showing areas covered by clouds, blackfill or missing data. The RapidEye 3A Ortho product is delivered in a single GeoTIFF file.


    Processing Levels:

    The RapidEye Ortho product (L3A) is ortho-corrected using ground control and DEMs, then cut to the RapidEye tile grid. Each covers a 25 km by 25 km area with an overlap between adjoining tiles and is optimal for covering smaller project areas that require accurately referenced imagery.

    Data Set Specifications
    Spatial coverage: 84 N, 84 S, 180 W, 180 E
    Temporal coverage: 2009-02-01 - present (archive data only)
    Processing level
    Level 3a
    How to access this data

    Data are available after project proposal acceptance.

    Terms & Conditions applicable
    Utilisation of this data is subject to the Terms and Conditions for ESA's Third Party Missions scheme


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