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The RapidEye constellation of five Earth Observation satellites has been in operation since February of 2009. The system images a 77 kilometre wide swath, which produces more than five million square kilometres of earth every day for its archive and over one billion km2 every year.

RapidEye's sensors produce imagery in five spectral bands (Red, Green, Blue, Red Edge and Near Infrared). Over 70% of RapidEye's imagery has a view angle of less than 10°, as the view angle of RapidEye imagery 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 identically calibrated so that images between satellites are indistinguishable from each other.

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RapidEye: Acceptance of new project proposals temporarily suspended

07 December 2018

Due to technical issues, the RapidEye archive browser (EyeFind) cannot be used for data selection. As a consequence, the acceptance of new projects with RapidEye data is temporarily suspended.

Improved TPM online dissemination service available

09 June 2017

ESA is pleased to announce that an improved access to the collections distributed online by ESA through the Third Party Missions programme has been deployed.

Two enhanced features have been set up to ease access to these collections:

  • A TPM online access list has been created to provide users with a centralised access to all the TPM online collections dissemination systems (17 TPM collections)
  • A new online dissemination system providing a geographical catalogue, a folder tree access and a filename search has been deployed for 13 TPM collections

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Operators Planet Labs
Date of Launch 29 August 2008
Mission Status Operating nominally
Orbit Height 630 km
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous
Repeat Cycle The average coverage repeat period over mid-attitude regions (e.g. Europe and North America) is 5.5 days at nadir, 1 day at off-nadir.
Resolution 6.5 m, resampled to 5m pixel size
Swath Width 77 km
Onboard Sensors REIS (RapidEye Earth Imaging System)