Planet Explorer is an online tool used to search and analyze geospatial imagery, enabling users to see change across the planet over time. You can use Planet Explorer to search through an imagery catalog and either download full-resolution images or stream images and analyze them in the browser.

You can use Planet Explorer to search and view imagery from Planet’s catalogue (PlanetScope, SkySat and RapidEye) as well as public imagery from Sentinel-2 and Landsat 8. Planet’s imagery is available at multiple cadences, ranging from daily scenes to weekly, monthly and quarterly basemaps.

Features Overview

  1. Search for Imagery: You can search for imagery by searching by location, uploading a geo file, drawing an area of interest on the map, or clicking on the timeline.

  2. View Imagery: You can view and filter imagery search results in a panel, and select individual results for a map view.

  3. Analyze Imagery: You can analyze imagery by taking measurements on the map, comparing images side by side, and applying indices and visualizations.

  4. Purchase Basemaps Online: You can purchase a license to stream basemaps, online with a credit card.

  5. Download Imagery: You can download imagery by ordering directly from the app or by sourcing cURL requests for specific scene IDs if you prefer the API.

  6. Save your work: You can save your work by downloading your AOI as a GEOJSON and saving your imagery searches to access later.

  7. Manage Account: You can manage preferences, settings, orders and saved searches in the right hand panel. You can also get help and switch to other apps.

  8. Try Beta Features: You can try beta features before they are launched to the public by looking in Labs in the right hand panel.