RapidEye Constellation

Distribution Rights : Canada

Imaging Any Point on Earth Everyday with High-Resolution Multispectral Collection Capacity

RapidEye

The RapidEye Constellation was successfully launched in August 2008 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on a DNEPR-1 rocket. The constellation consists of five Earth Observation satellites that carry an identical sensor and travel on the same orbital plane. This unique feature allows for identical image quality from each of the satellites and delivery of multi-temporal data sets in near-real time. Collectively, the satellites can image more than five million square kilometers of the Earth daily with a nominal pixel size of five meters. Imagery is collected in five spectral bands: blue, green, red, red-edge and near infrared.

The red-edge band measures variances in vegetation, allowing for species separation and the monitoring of vegetation health. RapidEye was the first commercial company to offer this band, which is helpful to the agriculture and forestry industries.

​SATELLITE CHARACTERISTICS
SATELLITE DESCRIPTION Five Earth Observation satellites that carry an identical sensor and travel on the same orbital plane.
PRIMARY MISSION  High-resolution land observation and disaster monitoring
INSTRUMENT TYPE  High resolution optical
Multispectral; 5-channel VNIR radiometer
REVISIT TIME 5.5 days per satellite; 1 day for Constellation
RESOLUTION CLASS  High Resolution: 5 m
SWATH WIDTH  77 km
DATA COLLECTION CAPACITY 5M km2/day
COVERAGE PER CYCLE Global coverage in one month
LAUNCH DATE  2008-08-29
ORBIT Sun-synchronous orbit
ALTITUDE  630 km
ORBITAL POSITION KNOWLEDGE < 10 meters with 95% confidence
SENSOR SPECIFICATIONS  Blue: 440 - 510 nm
Green: 520 - 590 nm
Red: 630 - 685 nm
Red Edge: 690 - 730 nm
Near IR: 760 - 850 nm
Dynamic Range 12 Bit
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General Terms of UsePDF15.66 KB
RapidEye License AgreementPDF237.26 KB
RapidEye Data SheetPDF637.20 KB