A Look Back on 10 Years of RapidEye Imagery

Planet Stories
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3 min readAug 29, 2018


Today, Planet is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the RapidEye constellation being in orbit – a big milestone that opened up a new era in Earth observation.

It’s incredible to think that just 10 short years ago, five RapidEye satellites launched into sun-synchronous orbit aboard the Dnepr rocket in the middle of the desert in Kazakhstan.

Fast forward to today, the RapidEye constellation has generated a rich trove of images of the planet––the largest archive of 5-meter resolution imagery ever––which our customers across agriculture, energy, mapping, and beyond, have access.

To celebrate their contributions to our global monitoring mission, we’ve compiled a number of beautiful RapidEye images from the archive.

Banks Peninsula, New Zealand. April 19, 2018.

Salar de Uyuni, Potosí, Bolivia.

Left to Right: November 28, 2011; October 30, 2012; October 13, 2013.
Left: October 23, 2014; right: October 4, 2015.
Left: October 5, 2016; right: August 8, 2017.

Brüggen Glacier, Chile. April 16, 2017.

Nyamuragira and Nyiragongo Volcanoes, Democratic Republic of the Congo. February 2, 2015.

Washington, DC, United States. January 13, 2016 & January 24, 2016.

Ambatosola, Madagascar. September 1, 2017.

Feijó, Acre, Brazil. July 23, 2017.

Zubair Group, Yemen. May 4, 2016.

Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. May 6, 2016.

Mauritania, Africa. January 12, 2016.

To learn more about our RapidEye imagery products and archive, visit our website.