PlanetScope Basic Scene Product Specification

The PlanetScope Basic Scene product is a Scaled Top of Atmosphere Radiance (at sensor) and Sensor corrected product, providing imagery as seen from the spacecraft without correction for any geometric distortions inherent in the imaging process. It has a scene based framing, and is not mapped to a cartographic projection. This product line is available in the GeoTIFF format.

PlanetScope Analytic Basic Scene Product Specification

The PlanetScope Analytic Basic Scene product is multispectral data from the satellite constellation. Analytic products are calibrated multispectral imagery products that have been processed to allow analysts to derive information products for data science and analytics. This product is designed for a wide variety of applications that require imagery with an accurate geolocation and cartographic projection.

The product has been minimally processed to remove distortions caused by terrain and can be used for many data science and analytic applications. It eliminates the perspective effect on the ground (not on buildings), restoring the geometry of a vertical shot. The Analytic Basic Scene is optimal for value­added image processing such as land cover classifications.

The Analytic Basic Scene product is designed for users with advanced image processing capabilities and a desire to geometrically correct the product themselves. The imagery data is accompanied by RPCs to enable orthorectification by the user.

The radiometric corrections applied to this product are:

  • Correction of relative differences of the radiometric response between detectors

The geometric sensor corrections applied to this product correct for:

  • Optical distortions caused by sensor optics
  • Co­-registration of bands

The name of each acquired image is designed to be unique and allow for easier recognition and sorting of the imagery. It currently includes the date and time of capture, as well as the id of the satellite that captured it. The name of each downloaded Basic Scene is composed of the following elements:

<acquisition date>_<acquisition time>_<satellite_id>_<productLevel><bandProduct>.<extension>

The table below describes the attributes for the PlanetScope Analytic Basic Scene:

Product AttributeDescription
Information Content
Analytic Bands3­-band natural color (red, green, blue) or 4­-band multispectral image (blue, green, red, near-­infrared)
Ground Sample Distance3.7 m (at reference altitude 475 km)
Pixel Size (orthorectified)N/A
Bit Depth12-­bit (DN), 16­-bit (Radiance)
Positional AccuracyLess than 10 m RMSE
Radiometric Calibration AccuracyInitial availability
  • No correction applied
  • Pixel values are digital numbers (also provided as radiance)
Map ProjectionN/A