USGS Now Offers OrbView-3 High-Resolution Images for Free

by Matt Ball on January 9, 2012

The U.S. Geological Survey has partnered with GeoEye to provide OrbView-3 one-meter satellite images from between 2003 and 2007 for free download via the USGS EarthExplorer. You may recall that the OrbView-3 satellite was put out of service in 2007 due to a malfunction of electronics, and has since been guided to a controlled reentry in the Pacific Ocean.

The OrbView-3 dataset includes 180,000 scenes of one meter resolution panchromatic, black and white, and four meter resolution multi-spectral (color and infrared) data, providing high resolution data useful for a wide range of science applications.

The initial data format available is GeoEye’s Basic Enhanced (L1B) product. Processing is underway for terrain corrected (L1Gst) product, and eventually the entire data set will be processed to the L1Gst level.

This Orbview-3 dataset is one of more than 170 separate collections of aerial and satellite imagery available in the National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive via USGS EarthExplorer.

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