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Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Imagery


MIT has a subscription to Planet satellite imagery. 

Get an account:

  1. Email for an account.
  2. Review the MIT Planet license before use (see below).
  3. Consult the Planet Resource Center and Planet Explorer guide for information on using the product.
  4. Sign into your account to download data.

By default your account will expire a year from the date it was created. Email us if you need your account re-activated.

With an account you get access to the following data:

  • PlanetScope 3-Band/4-Band Scenes
  • PlanetScope OrthoTiles
  • Sentinel-2 Tiles 
  • Landsat 8 Scenes
  • Global Monthly/Quarterly Mosaics (can be downloaded or streamed into GIS software)
  • MODIS (Aqua/Terra) data (only available via the API)

We have access to a small amount of SkySat (.5m resolution) imagery (current and archival). Contact to discuss your project and data availability. PlanetScope imagery are available at a 3m to 5m resolution depending on location.

Our subscription includes full access to the Orders API.

Accounts include an annual download quota of 10,000 km2. If you reach the quota, email us and we'll let you know if we can increase it. Note that certain imagery, such as Landsat, MODIS, etc. are available from the free sources listed below and we recommend using these sources instead of Planet so you don't use your quota.

Free imagery sources

Imagery Vendors