Satellite tasking allows users to obtain new images captured over an area of interest, at a given time and with pre-defined specifications. This is particularly useful if the archive image collection has acquisition gaps or if users want to perform near real-time monitoring studies.
This article shows the main steps to browse data products, place a tasking order, monitor the status of the tasking operation and download the images captured during the tasking operation.
Currently, only commercial images can be captured by satellites through tasking operations. The data products provided by UP42 are part of the following collections: Pléiades Neo, Pléiades and SPOT 6/7. A data product is an image with a certain geometric and radiometric processing level. The table below shows the available data products and their associated collections provided by UP42.
|Collections||Data products||Archive||Tasking||Spatial resolution||Type||Restricted access|
|Pléiades Neo||Click here||x||x||0.3 m||optical||yes*|
|Pléiades||Click here||x||x||0.5 m||optical||only tasking|
|SPOT 6/7||Click here||x||1.5 m||optical||only tasking|
*Customers need to go through an initial screening process by filling in a request access form.
For more information about processing levels, please refer to the tables below.
|Geometric processing level||Definition|
|Monoscopic (Mono)||Orthorectified image|
|Stereoscopic (Stereo)||This product is closest to the natural image acquired by the sensor and it contains the RPCs and the sensor model for users who want to apply their own orthorectification or 3D modelling.|
|Tri-stereoscopic (Tri-stereo)||Near-simultaneous images from three different views for the same area (forward-looking, backward-looking, nadir-looking). This configuration allows a better extraction of heights over terrains, compared to stereo image pairs.|
|Radiometric processing level||Definition|
|Reflectance||Corrected from sensor calibration and systematic atmospheric effects.|
|Display||A true colour curve has been applied on the reflectance product to optimize the visual quality of the image.|
In the table above, click the link to select the data product of the collection (e.g. Pléiades Neo) and copy the ID. This ID will be further used to place a tasking order.
You can place a tasking order yourself through the console. To proceed, please refer to Satellite Tasking Ordering.
You can place a tasking order yourself through the API. SDK support for placing tasking orders will be available soon. To proceed, please refer to API Satellite Tasking Ordering.
To place a tasking order, please contact the UP42 operations team via email at [email protected].