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RapidEye is a commercial multispectral remote sensing satellite mission being designed and implemented by MDA for RapidEye AG. The RapidEye sensor images five optical bands in the 400-850nm range and ... provides 6.5m pixel size at nadir. Rapid delivery and short revisit times are provided through the use of a five-satellite constellation.
It provides products for the following applications:
-Agriculture - crop monitoring and mapping, yield prediction, etc.
-Forestry - tree species separation, stem volume estimation, etc.
-Security & Emergency - disaster management etc.
-Energy & Infrastructure - pipeline monitoring, landcover classification etc.
-Environment - change detection etc.
-Cartography - satellite based maps, ortho photos, etc.
-Other Markets - natural disaster assessment, 3D-visualization, etc.
The satellites will be placed equally spaced in a single sun-synchronous orbit to ensure consistent imaging conditions and a short revisit time. The RapidEye system can access any area on Earth within a day and cover the entire agricultural areas of North America and Europe within five days.
The RapidEye satellite platforms has been constructed by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL).  This makes RapidEye the second multiple-satellite imaging constellation that SSTL has been involved with, after building and launching the Disaster Monitoring Constellation.
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Tyuratam, Russia