Satellite Data Application, Resolution and Costs

Name Code Application
ALOS AL On Saturday 24 May 2014 an H-IIA rocket orbiting the second Advanced Land Observation Satellite, Daichi-2 ? better known as ALOS-2. Liftoff from the iconic Tanegashima Space Centre was on schedule at 12:05 local time (03:05 UTC). ALOS-2 will continue the L-band SAR observations of the ALOS PALSAR (Phased Array L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar) and will expand data utilization by enhancing its performance.
Aster AS ASTER is a 15 meter, 14 band multispectral resolution instrument. It can be used for change detection, calibration, validation, and land surface studies. ASTER satellite image data is expected to contribute to a wide array of global change-related application areas, including vegetation and ecosystem dynamics, hazard monitoring, geologyand soils, land surface climatology, hydrology, land cover change, and the generation of digital elevation models (DEMs). ASTER high-resolution satellite capable of producing stereo imagery for creating detailed digital terrain models (DTMs).
Cartosat 1 CS1 CARTOSAT-1 carries two panchromatic cameras that take black-and-white stereoscopic pictures in the visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum. The satellite images have a spatial resolution of 2.5 meter and cover a swath of 30 km. The cameras are mounted on the satellite in such a way that near simultaneous imaging of the same area from two different angles is possible. This facilitates the generation of accurate three-dimensional maps. The cameras maneuver across the direction of the satellite's movement to facilitate the imaging of an area more frequently. The images taken by CARTOSAT-1 cameras are compressed, encrypted, formatted and transmitted to the ground stations.
Geo-Eye 1 GE1 GeoEye-1 satellite is equipped with some of the most advanced technology ever used in a commercial remote sensing system. Provides highly detailed imagery for precise map creation, change detection, and in-depth image analysis.
IKONOS 2 IK2 The IKONOS satellite is the world?s first commercial satellite to collect panchromatic (black-and-white) images with .80 m resolution and multispectral (color) imagery with 3.2-meter resolution. Imagery from the panchromatic and multispectral sensors can be merged to create .80 m color imagery (pan-sharpened). IKONOS imagery is being used for national security, military mapping, air and marine transportation, and by regional and local governments. From a 423-mile-high orbit, IKONOS has a revisit time of once every three days and downlinks directly to more than a dozen ground stations around the globe. This satellite will no longer take on new mission because it does not meet the DigitalGlobe?s standard anymore.
KOMPSAT 3 KP3 KOMPSAT-3 is an optical high-resolution Korean observation mission of KARI (Korea Aerospace Research Institute). The project was started in 2004. The objective is to provide observation continuity from the KOMPSAT-1 and KOMPSAT-2 missions to meet the nation's needs for high-resolution optical imagery required for GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and other environmental, agricultural and oceanographic monitoring applications.
KOMPAST 3A KP3A KOMPSAT-3A will be a sister spacecraft to the previously launched Kompsat-3 (Arirang-3), both of which were developed by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI). The major goal of the KOMPSAT-3A program is to develop an earth observation satellite to obtain IR (Infrared) and high resolution EO (Electro-Optical) images for a variety of applications such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and environmental, agricultural and oceanographic monitoring as well as urban planning, resource management and disaster relief. KOMPSAT-3A will provide panchromatic resolution of 0.55m and multispectral resolution of 2.20m and also has an infrared sensor at 5.5m resolution.
Landsat 8 LS8 LANDSAT 8 satellite has two main sensors: the Operational Land Imager (OLI) and the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS). OLI will collect images using nine spectral bands in different wavelengths of visible, near-infrared, and shortwave light to observe a 185 kilometer (115 mile) wide swath of the Earth in 15-30 meter resolution covering wide areas of the Earth's landscape while providing sufficient resolution to distinguish features like urban centers, farms, forests and other land uses. TIRS was added to the satellite mission when it became clear that state water resource managers rely on the highly accurate measurements of Earth's thermal energy obtained by LDCM's predecessors.
Pleiades PL The Pleiades-1A satellite is capable of providing orthorectified color data at 0.5-meter resolution (roughly comparable to GeoEye-1) and revisiting any point on Earth as it covers a total of 1 million square kilometers (approximately 386,102 square miles) daily. Perhaps most importantly, Pleiades-1A is capable of acquiring high-resolution stereo imagery in just one pass, and can accommodate large areas (up to 1,000 km x 1,000 km).
Quickbird 2 QB2 DigitalGlobe?s QuickBird satellite continues to offer sub-meter resolution imagery with high geolocational accuracy. With global collection of panchromatic and multispectral imagery, QuickBird is designed to support a wide range of geospatial applications. QuickBird is currently operating at an altitude of 400 km and will continue in a gradual descent until its end of mission life at an altitude of 300 km.
RapidEye RE 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.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. BlackBridge satellites include the Red-Edge band, which is sensitive to changes in chlorophyll content.
SPOT 6 S6 SPOT-6 satellite and SPOT-7 will ensure service continuity of SPOT- 4 and SPOT-5 satellites, which have been operating since 1998 and 2002. Moreover, both ground and space segments have been designed for improved performances compared to previous SPOT missions, especially in term of reactivity from satellite tasking to product delivery and collection capacity. The constellation SPOT-6 and SPOT-7 will actually provide a daily revisit everywhere on Earth with a total coverage of 6 million kmē per day. SPOT-6 and 7 will have a service life of 10 years.
SPOT 7 S7 Like its twin, SPOT-7 covers wide areas in record time. With both satellites in orbit, acquisition capacity will be boosted to six million square kilometres per day ? an area ten times the size of France.
Skysat 1 SS1 SkySat-1 also captures some of the highest quality color imagery of any commercial satellite and is capable of sub-meter natural color and near-infrared imagery.
Skysat 2 SS2 SkySat-2 also captures some of the highest quality color imagery of any commercial satellite and is capable of sub-meter natural color and near-infrared imagery.
Sentinel 2A ST2A Sentinel-2A satellite was built by Airbus Defence and Space will add color to the Copernicus programme through multispectral instrument that provides unique image quality. Copernicus is the new name of the European Commission's Earth Observation Programme, previously known as GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) Sentinel-2A satellite image data will support: Generic land cover, land use and change detection maps Maps of geophysical variables for leaf area index, leaf chlorophyll content, leaf water content
TerraSAR-X TX In 2002, AIRBUS Defence and Space was awarded a contract to implement the X-band TerraSAR satellite (TerraSAR-X) on the basis of a public-private partnership agreement (PPP). In this arrangement, AIRBUS Defence and Space funded part of the implementation cost of the TerraSAR-X system. The satellite is owned and operated by DLR, and the scientific data rights remain with DLR.
World-View 1 WV1 World-View 1 is the first of the WorldView constellation with high resolution however only in the black and white channel.
World-View 2 WV2 World-View 2 is the first satellite launched with high resolution multispectral bands. It is the first ever satellite to capture in the eight band regio at very high resolution. It is ideal for specific feature extraction for example building footprints. Furthermore, it can also be used for land use and land cover mapping and change detection to name a few.
World-View 3 WV3 World-View 3 is the first satellite launched with multi-payload systems and with two additional bands, the SWIR and CAVIS which can penetrate through clouds and smoke and also snow. It also captures very high resolution imagery and is ideal for specific feature extraction for example building footprints. Furthermore, it can also be used for land use and land cover mapping and change detection to name a few.
World-View 4 WV4 World-View 4 is the latest satellite launched by DigitalGlobe and is the fourth constellation to the World-View group of satellites. It is ideal for specific feature extraction for example building footprints. Furthermore, it can also be used for land use and land cover mapping and change detection to name a few.