John S. Ahlrichs
On August 29, 2008 five RapidEye micro satellites were launched into space. Collectively this constellation of satellites has the ability to image over 4 million sq km of the earth each day at 5 m resolution. We will discuss implications of RapidEye’s unique capability to quickly and repetitively image wide areas of the earth and how these capabilities are being applied to develop regional and national scale monitoring and change detection services. Examples include water utilization assessment in agriculture, food security, border monitoring, forest monitoring, pipeline encroachment, and monitoring uncontrolled urban expansion. In addition we will explore using RapidEye’s 5 m resolution imagery to develop for 1:25,000 scale base maps in rural areas and for countries that need low cost, reliable imagery to update their national mapping infrastructure.