The RapidEye constellation of five satellites stands apart from other providers of satellite based geospatial information in their unique ability to acquire high resolution, large-area image data on a daily basis.
RapidEye's imaging capabilities can be applied to a host of industries, including agriculture, forestry, oil and gas exploration, power and engineering and construction, governments, cartography and mining.
The RapidEye system collects an unprecedented 4 million square kilometers of data per day at 6.5 meter nominal ground resolution. Each satellite measures less than one cubic meter and weighs 150 kg (bus + payload), and has been designed for at least a seven-year mission life. All five satellites are equipped with identical sensors and are located in the same orbital plane. Planet Labs satellites include the Red-Edge band, which is sensitive to changes in chlorophyll content.
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.
The RapidEye images are best suited for all applications that require an updated and frequent monitoring, thanks to their ability to deliver multiple information on the same area collected in a very short time interval.
The five satellites provide an important contribution in the emergency management and response for the speed with which they can collect satellite data and make it available in case of exceptional events.
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