Browsing large sets of satellite imagery


We’re working on new interface designs to make imagery easy to browse and download for the commercial industry — from agriculture to insurance. This imagery browser is first going to be our internal QA tool. The browser lets us look at imagery steaming in; both from our own 2.5 meter resolution imagery captured by our constellation in addition to third party imagery from our parters. This not only helps our internal operations, but lets us dog food our API and work flow before we open it up to the public.

We’re building out both our API and the browser with the remote sensing experts at Development Seed, who design beautiful work flows for complex applications like this. Here is an early peak at some of the design considerations we are trying to solve:

You find your imagery by simply zooming. No drawing bounding boxes or uploading geojson. No annoying alerts that your bounding box is too big. We get you to imagery as quickly as possible. Available scenes show up on the right side bar. As you move around the map, the side bar immediately updates to show the imagery for the area you are looking at.
We are focused on making it as easy as possible to get to the perfect scene. The filter bars at the top of the screen immediately update the map and side bar. Users get immediate feedback on the available scenes for their filtering criteria.
You can sort scenes (from good to bad) by recency, clouds, or sun azimuth. We used simple logic and icons to make this intuitive and responsive plus the Mapbox Cloudless Atlas as the underlying layer to provide the geographic context for your search.