Better imagery more often: 10m pixels every 10 days rolling out on Satamap thanks to Sentinel 2A

I have some exciting news. The European Space Agency have launched a new satellite as part of their space strategy called Sentinel 2A. This satellite is designed to provide the Earth with 10m resolution imagery every 10 days. And even better is they will be launching a sister satellite so we can get down to a 5 day cycle. This imagery will be available in Satamap as soon as possible.

For those lucky enough to have access to the Moree tile, we are testing Sentinel 2A imagery now and it looks like this inside Satamap:

Satamap Vegetation Index using Sentinel 2A as imagery source captured 31-01-2016. Centre paddock is sorghum.

Satamap Vegetation Index using Sentinel 2A as imagery source captured 31-01-2016. Centre paddock is sorghum.

Lets compare that to a pan-sharpened Landsat 8 image from September 2015:

Satamap Vegetation Index from Landsat 8 image captured 22-09-2015. Paddocks include chickpeas, wheat and barley.

Satamap Vegetation Index from Landsat 8 image captured 22-09-2015. Paddocks include chickpeas, wheat and barley.

Not only is it a higher resolution but it comes at a 10 day cycle rather than the 16 day cycle of Landsat 8. Both satellite sources are of immense value and will be available in Satamap for the 2016 winter season. For the time being we are still working hard to make sure we can integrate Sentinel 2A imagery as smooth as possible so expect it to roll out to your tile/s some time over the next few months.

Satamap founder and grain farmer from Moree, NSW, Australia.

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