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RapidEye Satellite Sensor
RapidEye was successfully launched from the DNEPR-1 Rocket on August 29th, 2008 at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. RapidEye built by MacDonald Dettwiler, Ltd. (MDA) will offer image users a data source containing an unrivaled combination of large-area coverage, frequent revisit intervals, high resolution and multispectral capabilities.
RapidEye's imaging capabilities can be applied to a host of industries, including Agriculture, Forestry, Insurance, Exploration, Power and Communication, Governments, Cartography, Visualization, and Simulation.
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. RapidEye's satellites include the Red-Edge band, which is sensitive to changes in chlorophyll content.
RapidEye Satellite Sensor Characteristics
|Number of Satellites||5|
|Spacecraft Lifetime||7 years|
|Orbit Altitude||630 km in Sun-synchronous orbit|
|Equator Crossing Time||11:00 am local time (approximately)|
|Sensor Type||Multi-spectral push broom imager|
|Spectral Bands||Capable of capturing any of the following spectral bands:
|Ground sampling distance (nadir)||6.5 m|
|Pixel size (orthorectified)||5 m|
|Swath Width||77 km|
|On board data storage||1500 km of image data per orbit|
|Revisit time||Daily (off-nadir) / 5.5 days (at nadir)|
|Image capture capacity||4 million sq km/day|
|Dynamic Range||12 bit|
RapidEye Satellite Imagery
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