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Mission details

Operator Planet
Date of launch 29 August 2008
Mission Status Operating nominally

Orbit Type

Sun-synchronous

Orbit Altitude

630 km

Equator Crossing Time

11:00 am local time (approximately)

Number of satellites

5

 

RapidEye Sensor Specification


Sensor Type

REIS (RapidEye Earth Imaging System): Multi-spectral push broom imager.

Spectral Bands
Blue
Green
Red
Red Edge
NIR

 

440 – 510 nm
520 – 590 nm
630 – 685 nm
690 – 730 nm
760 – 850 nm

Ground Sample Distance (nadir)

6.5 m, resampled to 5m pixel size

Swath width

77 km

Maximum Image Strip per orbit

Up to 1500 km of image data per orbit

Revisit Time

Daily (off-nadir) / 5.5 days (at nadir)

Image Capture Capacity

>6 million km²/day

 

RapidEye products

Name Description Product Level

RapidEye Basic Product

Radiometric and sensor corrections applied to the data. On-board spacecraft attitude and ephemeris applied to the data.

Level 1B

RapidEye Ortho Tile Product

Radiometric, sensor and geometric corrections applied to the data. Imagery is orthorectified using the RPCs and an elevation model: the accuracy depends on the quality of the ground control and DEMs used.

Level 3A


GOSAT data unavailability

24 January 2020

Due to technical issues beginning on 23 January, the ESA FTP server has not been updated with new GOSAT products.

An investigation is on-going to resolve the issue as soon as possible.


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Swarm Bravo: Telemetry data gap from 17 to 18 January 2020

24 January 2020

Due to an issue on-board the Swarm Bravo spacecraft, no telemetry data were retrieved from 17 January 13:43 UTC to 18 January 10:41 UTC.

All Swarm Bravo L1B and L2 Cat-2 data has been impacted by this anomaly.


Deforestation in Bolivia

24 January 2020

Web Content Image

This Copernicus Sentinel-2 image features an area in the Santa Cruz Department of Bolivia, where part of the tropical dry forest has been cleared for agricultural use.

Since the 1980s, the area has been rapidly deforested owing to a large agricultural development effort where people from the Andean high plains (the Altiplano region) have been relocated to the lowlands of Bolivia.

The relatively flat lowlands and abundant rainfall make this region suitable for farming. In fact, the local climate allows farmers to benefit from two growing seasons. The region has been transformed from dense forest into a patterned expanse of agricultural land. This deforestation method, common in this part of Bolivia, is characterised by the radial patterns that can be seen clearly in the image.

Each patterned field is approximately 20 sq km and each side is around 2.5 km long.

Small settlements can be seen in the centre of each individual field in the image, which typically contain a church, a school and a soccer field. These communities are joined by a road network depicted by the straight lines that bisect the radial fields and connect the adjacent areas.

Meandering streams and rivers can be seen flowing through the fields. The long, thin strips of land in the top right of the image are most likely cultivated soybean fields.

Rainforests worldwide are being destroyed at an alarming rate. This is of great concern as they play an important role in global climate, and are home to a wide variety of plants and animals.

Because of their unique perspective from space, Earth observation satellites are instrumental in providing comprehensive information on the full extent and rate of deforestation, which is particularly useful for monitoring remote areas.

This composite image was created by combing three separate ‘Normalised Difference Vegetation Index' images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission. The first image, from 8 April 2019, is visible in red; the second from 22 June 2019, can be seen in green; and the third from 5 September 2019 can be seen in blue. The Normalised Difference Vegetation Index is widely used in remote sensing as it gives scientists an accurate measure of healthy and status of plant growth.

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