Medium Resolution Satellite Imagery

Meidum Resolution satellite imagery - UAE RapidEye

2014 5m RapidEye ortho mosaic of the United Arab Emirates. LAND INFO offers multiple imagery and mapping solutions for affordable, large-area coverage.

Medium-resolution imagery is ideal for covering large areas – countries, continents and in the case of Landsat the entire globe!  While there isn’t a text-book definition of “medium-res” satellite imagery, for practical purposes it typically means resolution less than 1m. Medium-res satellite imagery was traditionally offered on a scene basis, however newer medium-res satellites such as RapidEye and SPOT 6/7 now support custom AOIs (Areas of Interest) with per km2 pricing. 

With the exception of WorldView-2/WorldView-3, medium-res satellites typically offer additional multi-spectral bands, which make them ideal for image analysis/classification. Their larger collection swath widths allow them to collect large areas in a shorter amount of time, giving better temporal selection. With commercial medium-res satellites such as RapidEye and SPOT 6/7 imagery can be ordered as a new tasking collection or from archive (if the needed date/image type is in archive with acceptable parameters including cloud-cover), free to low-cost government medium-res satellite imagery is only available from archive (custom new collects aren’t supported.)  Off-shelf high-res products such as DigitalGlobe’s Basemap +Vivid are also cost-effective solutions for large area coverage. Contact LAND INFO for additional details.

The table below lists the principal medium-resolution satellite imagery options; LAND INFO is an authorized distributor of both leading commercial medium-res satellite imagery providers: Airbus SPOT Image and Planet Labs (formerly BlackBridge) RapidEye. We also work extensively with ASTER and Landsat 8 and will work with niche satellites such as ALOS, CartoSat, CBERS, DEIMOS-1, DMC, Formosat, Landsat 1, Landsat 2, Landsat 3, Landsat 4, Landsat 5, Landsat 7, Planet Labs, ResourceSAT, Sentinel-2A/2B, SPOT 1, SPOT 2, SPOT 3 & SPOT 4 and TripleSat as needed, for example date-specific coverage.

Please contact us with your requirements, our highly trained and specialized staff is happy to make a data recommendation that will help ensure the success of your project.

Medium Resolution Optical Imaging Satellites

Satellite Launch
Width (1)
Output Resolution Native Accuracy (2) Bands Bit
ASTER Dec. 18, 1999 60km 15m x 30m x 90m <50m 3 MS + 6 SWIR + 5 TIR (6) 8 Yes
SPOT-5 May 3, 2002 60km 2.5m x 5m x 10m x 20m (3) 48m Pan + 4 MS 8 Yes
ALOS-1 (8)
ceased operations
April, 2011
Jan. 24, 2006 35km - 70km 2.5m x 10m unknown Pan / 4 MS 8 Yes
RapidEye Aug. 29, 2008 77km 5m 10m (4) 5 MS 12 No
DEIMOS-1 Jul. 29, 2009 600km 22m poor 3 MS 10 No
SPOT-6 Sep. 12, 2012 60km 1.5m x 6m 35m (5) Pan + 4 MS 12 Yes
SPOT-7 June 30, 2014 60km 1.5m x 6m 35m (5) Pan + 4 MS 12 Yes
Landsat-8 Feb. 11, 2013 185km 15m x 30m (7) 12m Pan + 6 MS + 2 SWIR + 2 TIR 12 No

  • 1 at nadir
  • 2 Horizontal accuracy CE90 (Circular Error 90%) without GCPs (except RapidEye), excluding terrain and off-nadir effects
  • 3 2.5 meters from 2 x 5-meter scenes
  • 4 RapidEye is the only imagery listed where GCPs (but not a DEM) are used with the Basic (1B) imagery, therefore accuracy is
       higher in areas where higher accuracy GCPs are available, such as USA
  • 5 35m CE90 without GCPs within a 30 degree viewing angle cone; 10m CE90 for Ortho products where Reference3D is available
  • 6 ASTER SWIR data after April, 2008 is not useable
  • 7 Landsat 8 Thermal imagery is acquired at 100m resolution but resampled to 30m for delivery
  • 8 Characteristics refer to the optical PRISM and AVNIR-2 sensors not the radar PALSAR

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