Constellation and Sensor Overview
RapidEye®, formerly operated by Planet, is a retired constellation of five satellites that were in operation from 2009 to 2020. RapidEye images are approximately 5 meters per pixel resolution and are still available for download through Planet Archives.
RapidEye products are available for search and download by using Planet’s APIs, User Interfaces, and Integrations, in the form of Scene and OrthoTile products, which are encoded in the platform as a set of Item Types and Asset Types.
RapidEye Scene and OrthoTile imagery products are still available for download in the form of imagery assets. Multiple Asset Types are available for Scene and OrthoTile products, each with differences in radiometric processing, and/or rectification.
Asset Type availability varies by Item Type. You can find an overview of supported assets by Item Type at:
Basic Analytic (basic_analytic) assets are non-orthorectified, calibrated, multispectral imagery products that have been corrected for sensor artifacts and transformed to Top of Atmosphere (at-sensor) radiance. These products are designed for data science and analytic applications, and for those who want to geometrically correct the data themselves (leveraging the associated rational polynomial coefficient Asset Type).
Analytic (analytic) assets are orthorectified, calibrated, multispectral imagery products that have been corrected for sensor artifacts, and terrain distortions, and then transformed to Top of Atmosphere (at-sensor) radiance. These products are designed for data science and analytic applications that require imagery with accurate geolocation and cartographic projection.
Visual (visual) assets are orthorectified and color-corrected to optimize colors seen by the human eye, providing images as they would look if viewed from the perspective of the satellite. These products are designed for simple and direct visual inspection, and can be used and ingested directly into a Geographic Information System or application.
Surface Reflectance (analytic_sr) assets are orthorectified and radiometrically corrected to ensure consistency across localized atmospheric conditions, and to minimize uncertainty in spectral response across time and location. These products are designed for temporal analysis and monitoring applications, especially in agriculture and forestry sectors.
Several processing steps are applied to RapidEye imagery to produce the set of data products available for download.
Removes terrain distortions. Orthorectification consists of the following two processes:
Presents the imagery as natural color, optimized as seen by the human eye. Visual Product Processing consists of the following processes:
Removes atmospheric effects. Surface Reflectance Product Processing consists of the following processes: