RAPIDEYE BASIC PRODUCT

The RapidEye Basic product is the least processed of the available RapidEye imagery products. This product is designed for customers with advanced image processing capabilities and a desire to geometrically correct the product themselves. This product linewill be available in the Planet Platform in early 2017, and will be available in GeoTIFF and NITF formats.

RapidEye Analytic Basic Scene Product Specification

The RapidEye Analytic Basic Scene product is radiometrically-and sensor-corrected, providing imagery as seen from the spacecraft without correction for any geometric distortions inherent in the imaging process, and is not mapped to a cartographic projection. The imagery data is accompanied by all spacecraft telemetry necessary for the processing of the data into a geo-corrected form, or when matched with a stereo pair, for the generation of digital elevation data. Resolution of the images is 6.5 meters GSD at nadir. The images are resampled to a coordinate system defined by an idealized basic camera model for band alignment.

The radiometric corrections applied to this product are:

  • Correction of relative differences of the radiometric response between detectors
  • Non-responsive detector filling which fills null values from detectors that are no longer responding
  • Conversion to absolute radiometric values based on calibration coefficients

The geometric sensor corrections applied to this product correct for:

  • Internal detector geometry which combines the two sensor chipsets into a virtual array
  • Optical distortions caused by sensor optics
  • Registration of all bands together to ensure all bands line up with each other correctly

The table below lists the product attributes for the RapidEye Analytic Basic Scene product.


Product AttributeDescription
Product Components and Format

RapidEye Analytic Basic Scene product consists of the following file components:

  • Image File –Image product delivered as a group of single-band NITF or GeoTIFF files with associated RPC values. Bands are co-registered.
  • Metadata File –XML format metadata file. Metadata file contains additional information related to spacecraft attitude, spacecraft ephemeris, spacecraft temperature measurements, line imaging times, camera geometry, and radiometric calibration data.
  • Unusable Data Mask (UDM) file –GeoTIFF format
Product OrientationSpacecraft/sensor orientation
Product FramingGeographic based framing –a geographic region is defined by two corners. The product width is close to the full image swath as observed by all bands (77 km at nadir, subject to minor trimming of up to 3 km during processing) with a product length


Ground Sample Distance (nadir)6.5 m
Bit Depth16-bit unsigned integers
Pixel Size (orthorectified)
  • Variable number of pixels (less than 11980 per line) and up to a maximum of 46154 lines per band
  • 462 Mbytes/25 km along track for 5 bands
  • Maximum 5544 Mbytes
Geometric CorrectionsIdealized sensor, orbit and attitude models. Bands are co-registered
Horizontal DatumWGS84
Map ProjectionN/A
Resampling KernelCubic Convolution