Frequently Asked Questions

I signed up for a trial to use Explorer, what is included?

Trial users get access to streaming 10,000 tiles of imagery for 14 days. 10,000 tile views are roughly equivalent to 20 minutes of streaming time. You can see how many tile views you've used by referencing the tracker at the bottom of the screen.


Trial users can see previews of Planet's imagery. Our medium-resolution Planetscope imagery can be previewed upto Zoom Level 10. Our high-resolution SkySat imagery can be previewed upto Zoom Level 13. Please note, if you are a Planet customer but have not purchased access to imagery in a particular place, you will also see previews of imagery at these zoom levels.

When uploading an Area-of-Interest (AOI) file, what projection should I use?

Projecting data is a key component of successfully combining your data and the imagery found in Planet Explorer. Upload a Shapefile, WKT, GeoJSON, or KML file, and please make sure your data is in WGS 84 (SRID/EPSG:4326).

What does the error "Invalid Geometry" mean when uploading an AOI file to the Explorer?

The error "invalid geometry" means that the projection of your file is not in WGS 84 (commonly referred to as latitude/longitude). The way to fix this error is to re-project your data into WGS 84 (SRID/EPSG: 4326) projection.

How can I find Super Dove imagery?

If you'd like to view Super Dove imagery, first draw your area of interest. Once you see the search panel, click on "Filters" and select the grouping called "Other Attributes." Under "Instrument Filter" select PSB.SD as the instrument filter.