Fall 2013

Open California

One of the largest California imagery archives is now online...and open to explorers.

Experience an openly licensed preview of our commercial dataset. Access archival California imagery and explore data published two weeks after acquisition. With California's data right at your fingertips, what will you build?

Our Data, Your Creativity

Join our growing community of image analysts, scientists, developers, and researchers to experiment with novel new satellite imagery applications. Perform in-depth data analysis, develop exciting new applications and tools, and power products with the Planet Labs, RapidEye satellite, Landsat imagery, and Copernicus Sentinel-2 archives.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What data is included in Open California?

High-quality data collected by the RapidEye satellites (from October 2013 onward) and Dove satellites (from August 2015 onward), is available. New data gathered by our satellites will be available under the CC-BY-SA license two weeks after acquisition. To access same-day datasets, imagery outside of California, or to use data under full commercial licensing, contact our Sales Team at support@planet.com.

Landsat 8 and Copernicus Sentinel-2 data are also available via the Open California Program. These data sets are freely available from NASA/USGS and ESA respectively and the data are offered in the Open California program with a 24-48 time delay from time of capture.

What formats are the data available in?

Data is available in 'scenes', or single images as taken by a satellite. Our Visual scenes have a color curve applied; they're immediately usable, intended for visual analysis and display applications. Our Analytic scenes contain the full spectral information from the satellite, for deeper analysis. You'll also get access to a set of mosaics: browsable, pixel-by-pixel composites of our highest-quality California data. Both scenes and mosaics are available as geotiffs through our GeoJSON REST API and as png or jpeg tiles through our tile server.

Landsat 8 data are redistributed through our platform as the original geotiff and metadata files provided by the USGS. Copernicus Sentinel-2 data are redistributed as the original jpeg2000 and metadata files provided by the ESA.

Are there any data limitations?

We currently limit the amount of data to 2GB per day for each user, mostly for bandwidth considerations. If you have a compelling use case that needs bulk access, please get in touch.

How recent is the Open California data?

You will have access to California imagery collected since October 2013, along with newer data we collect at a two-week delay. Same-day imagery will not be available.

Landsat 8 data will be available from April 2013 onward. Sentinel-2 data will be available from September 2015 onward.

Can I use the data to contribute to OpenStreetMap?

Yes. We are working to make sure there is appropriate license compatibility, but our intent is for this data to be useful for OSM.

Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2 data reuse and redistribution privileges are expressed under the specific Terms of Use for those data providers.

What does "open data" mean to Planet?

Planet’s Open data is part of our Open Regions initiative; and it is part of our commitment to using satellite imagery for positive impact, while encouraging broader platform adoption.

How long will Open California run for?

Planet will evaluate Open California's success annually. We believe that the Open California dataset will spur relevant, meaningful use-cases and applications and drive innovation in the geospatial marketplace.