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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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New Planet Explorer catalogue for RapidEye

18 February 2019

We are happy to inform you that a new online catalogue for RapidEye L3A products has been opened by Planet. The Planet Explorer replaces the old EyeFind catalogue, providing the ability to search and browse recent and past geospatial data by setting the time and area of interest. Requests for data older than 2012 and new tasking are satisfied directly by the Planet order desk (not via the catalogue).

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.

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Operators Planet
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)