Top 10 Satellite Data and Imagery Providers

June 25, 2020
Data Expert Lucy
Lucy Kelly Research Analyst at Datarade
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The number of active satellites has grown massively since they were first introduced to our planet’s orbit in 1957.

Overall, there are more than 2,000 active satellites in the orbit at the moment. Many of these collect valuable data that helps us to monitor our crops, plan our infrastructure, and respond to natural catastrophes.

However, not all satellites are capable of collecting this information. Satellites used for earth observation purposes are normally launched to relatively low altitude orbits (about 600-800 km from the surface of the Earth).

So how can we get our hands on the data from these lower orbit satellites and which are the companies providing it?

We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 most popular satellite data providers on our platform.

Have a look!

The Top 10 Satellite Data and Imagery Providers

Planet is one of the leading providers of global satellite imagery data and insights. Driven by it’s mission to image all of earth’s landmass every day, the company provides near-daily imagery that covers resolutions from 72 centimetres to 3,7 meters. Decision makers working with Planet have access to deep stacks of imagery dating back all the way to 2009.

DMCii provides responsive earth imagery directly from the satellites coordinated by the international DMC constellation. Specialising in rapid programmed campaigns that give their clients access to up-to-date insights makes the company a trustworthy partner, even in times when decisions need to be made under pressure. Being able to collect imagery for over 10,000,000km²/day with a 22m spatial resolution DMC helps businesses and governments make responsible decisions when they matter.

ISI has established its position as a trusted partner of some of the worlds most demanding defence and intelligence organisations. Providing high quality satellite data via their EROS constellation the company is able to tailor their data provider services for even the most strategic and sensitive intelligence needs. Consisting of 3 high performance 30cm resolution observation satellites, EROS NG is one of the world’s most powerful intelligence collection tools.

UrtheCast operates two cameras on the international space station as well as two satellites in the orbit, Deimos-2 and Deimos-2. In addition to the four current Earth Observation Sensors in space, the company anticipating to launch the world’s first fully-integrated constellation of multispectral optical and SAR satellites, called OptiSARTM. This technology would revolutionise the monitoring of our planet with high resolution imagery in all weather conditions, any time of the day.

With over 280 built satellites in the orbit Maxar provides all the imagery, maps, elevation data, or other geospatial content to get your job done. Serving companies and governments with use cases crossing over industries the company focuses on is one of the leading satellite data providers on the planet. Their RADARSAT-2 satellite has the largest global network of ground receiving stations out of any commercial SAR missions to this date. With a strong commercial focus the satellite was also designed to serve operational applications requiring rapid delivery of newly acquired data.

OneAtlas is considered a leader of the European space business and an international pioneer in earth observation services. The company’s services give quick access to global satellite data from a multi-resolution optical archive. Updated daily, the resolution for the imagery in the database varies between 0,5cm - 1,5m and can be accesses via a usage based model.

In addition to offering access to the open data from sentinel series satellites Sobloo provides high resolution imagery from the Pléiades 1A and Pléiades 1B twin satellites. Dating back over 5 years of archives over the main 3000 cities in the world and being able to revisit any point on the globe daily makes the data from this constellation an ideal source of data for for anticipating risks and effectively managing crises for larger areas.

SI Imaging Services (SIIS) is the exclusive worldwide marketing and sales representative of for data derived from the KOMPSAT (Korean Multi-Purpose Satellite) series. Since the launch of KOMPSAT-1 in 1999 SIIS has improved their optical resolution capacities from 6,6 meters to 55 centimetres with KOMPSAT-3A. In addition to this the company widened their imagery to cover SAR technologies to keep recording insights even under more challenging lighting and weather conditions.

Space Know takes a practical approach to satellite data. The company has access to the world’s most comprehensive collection of earth observation imagery and transforms it into actionable intelligence across industries. Building insights from 2.2 billion individual satellite observations over 500,000 square kilometres their AI powered analytics engine has brought data for companies in agriculture to finance and real estate.

ICEYE enables businesses and governments to make informed decisions based on timely and reliable radar satellite imagery. The company’s synthetic radar (SAR) imaging is available at 1m and 3m resolutions. While still under development, the 20m resolution ScanSAR mode from the company will enable entirely new ways to support deacon making for trade, farming, environment, protection and more.