PSScene4Band

PlanetScope 4-band multispectral basic and orthorectified scenes. This data set includes imagery from all PlanetScope sensors. All PSScene4Band items have a corresponding PSScene3Band item.

Products Overview

The visual and analytic products are in GeoTIFF format and the basic scene products are available as either NITF or GeoTIFFs. The GeoTIFFs are resampled at 3 meters and projected in the UTM projection using the WGS84 datum. An alpha mask is provided as a binary color channel, and can be used to remove or hide low quality pixels near the periphery of a given scene. This mask compensates for effects due to vignetting, low SNR, or hot or cold pixels.

PlanetScope satellites collect imagery as a series of overlapping framed scenes, and are not organized to any particular grid system. The Ortho Scene products enable users to create seamless imagery by stitching together PlanetScope Ortho Scenes of their choice and clipping it to a tiling grid structure as required.

The PlanetScope Ortho Scene product is orthorectified and is designed for applications that require imagery with an accurate geolocation and cartographic projection. It has been processed to remove distortions caused by terrain and can be used for cartographic purposes. The Ortho Scenes are delivered as visual (RGB) and analytic products. Ortho Scenes are radiometrically, sensor, and geometrically corrected products that are projected to a cartographic map projection. The geometric correction uses fine Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) with a post spacing of between 30 and 90 meters.

Ground Control Points (GCPs) are used in the creation of every image and the accuracy of the product will vary from region to region based on available GCPs.

Product band order:

  • Band 1 = Blue
  • Band 2 = Green
  • Band 3 = Red
  • Band 4 = Near-infrared

Item Properties

Property Name Description Type
_permissions Assets available for the item which the authenticated user has permission to download. array
geometry Geographic boundary of the item's footprint, formatted as a GeoJSON polygon. json
id Globally unique item identifier. string
acquired Timestamp that the item was captured. datetime
anomalous_pixels Percentage of pixels that may have errors. Represented spatially in the UDM. double
clear_confidence_percent percentage value: per-pixel algorithmic confidence in 'clear' classification int [0-100]
clear_percent Percent of clear values in dataset. Clear values represents scene content areas (non-blackfilled) that are deemed to be not impacted by cloud, haze, shadow and/or snow. int [0-100]
cloud_cover Average percentage of cloud coverage. double
cloud_percent Percent of cloud values in dataset. Cloud values represent scene content areas (non-blackfilled) that contain opaque clouds which prevent reliable interpretation of the land cover content. int [0-100]
columns Number of columns in the image. integer
epsg_code Ortho tile grid cell that the item is located in (not used if Scene). integer
ground_control Positional accuracy of the item. If the item has uncertain positional accuracy, this value will be false. boolean
gsd Ground sample distance - the distance between pixel centers as measured on the ground in meters. double
heavy_haze_percent Percent of heavy haze values in dataset. Heavy haze values represent scene content areas (non-blackfilled) that contain thin low altitude clouds, higher altitude cirrus clouds, soot and dust which allow fair recognition of land cover features, but not having reliable interpretation of the radiometry or surface reflectance. int [0-100]
instrument Name of the satellite instrument used to collect the image. string
item_type Name of the item type. string
light_haze_percent Percent of light haze values in dataset. Light haze values represent scene content areas (non-blackfilled) that contain thin low altitude clouds, higher altitude cirrus clouds, soot and dust which allow reliable recognition of land cover features, and have up to +/-10% uncertainty on commonly used indices (EVI and NDWI). int [0-100]
origin_x ULX coordinate of the extent of the data. The coordinate references the top left corner of the top left pixel. double
origin_y ULY coordinate of the extent of the data. The coordinate references the top left corner of the top left pixel. double
pixel_resolution Pixel resolution of the imagery in meters. double
provider Name of the item provider (e.g. “planetscope”, ”rapideye”). string
published Timestamp that the item was published to the Planet API. datetime
publishing_stage Stage of publishing for an item. PSScene4Band items will be first published in "standard" stage and graduate to a "finalized" stage. string
quality_category Planet image quality metric: Standard or Test. To qualify for "standard" image quality an image must meet a variety of quality standards, for example: PAN motion blur less than 1.15 pixels, compression bits per pixel less than 3. If the image does not meet these criteria it is considered "test" quality. string
rows Number of rows in the image. integer
satellite_id Globally unique satellite identifier. string
shadow_percent Percent of shadow values in dataset. Shadow values represent scene content areas (non-blackfilled) that are not fully exposed to the solar illumination as a result of atmospheric transmission losses due to cloud, haze, soot and dust, and therefore do not allow for reliable interpretation of the radiometry or surface reflectance. int [0-100]
snow_ice_percent Percent of snow and ice values in dataset. Snow_ice values represent scene content areas (non-blackfilled) that are hidden below snow and/or ice. int [0-100]
strip_id The unique identifier of the image stripe that the item came from. string
sun_azimuth The angle of the sun, as seen by the observer, measured clockwise from the north (0 - 360). double
sun_elevation The angle of the sun above the horizon (0 - 90). double
updated Timestamp that the item record was last updated. datetime
view_angle The satellite's across-track, off-nadir viewing angle. Positive numbers denote east, negative numbers denote west (-25 - +25). double
visible_confidence_percent Visible values represent the fraction of the scene content (excluding the portion of the image which contains blackfill) which is comprised of clear, light haze, shadow, snow/ice categories, and is given as a percentage ranging from zero to one hundred. int [0-100]
visible_percent Average of confidence percent for clear_percent, light_haze_percent, shadow_percent and snow_ice_percent int [0-100]

Available Asset Types

Asset Name Description
analytic Radiometrically calibrated GeoTiff product suitable for analytic applications.
analytic_dn Non-radiometrically calibrated GeoTiff product suitable for analytic applications.
analytic_dn_xml Analytic DN asset XML metadata file.
analytic_sr Atmospherically corrected surface reflectance product.
analytic_xml Analytic asset XML metadata file.
basic_analytic Top of atmosphere radiance (at sensor) and sensor corrected GeoTiff product. Scene based framing and not projected to a cartographic projection.
basic_analytic_dn Basic sensor corrected scene GeoTiff product. Scene based framing and not projected to a cartographic projection.
basic_analytic_dn_nitf Basic sensor corrected scene NITF product. Scene based framing and not projected to a cartographic projection.
basic_analytic_dn_rpc Rational Polynomial Coefficients text file used to orthorectify basic_analytic_dn asset.
basic_analytic_dn_rpc_nitf Rational Polynomial Coefficients text file used to orthorectify basic_analytic_dn_nitf asset.
basic_analytic_dn_xml Basic analytic DN asset XML metadata file.
basic_analytic_dn_xml_nitf Basic analytic DN XML metadata file.
basic_analytic_nitf Top of atmosphere radiance (at sensor) and sensor corrected NITF product. Scene based framing and not projected to a cartographic projection.
basic_analytic_rpc Rational Polynomial Coefficients text file used to orthorectify the basic_analytic asset.
basic_analytic_rpc_nitf Rational Polynomial Coefficients text file used to orthorectify the basic_analytic asset.
basic_analytic_xml Basic analytic asset XML metadata file.
basic_analytic_xml_nitf Basic analytic XML metadata file.
basic_udm Usable Data Mask - Usable data bit mask in GeoTIFF format for the basic analytic scene assets.
basic_udm2 Usable Data Mask 2.0. Read more about this new asset here.
udm Unusable Data Mask - Unusable data bit mask in GeoTIFF format for the visual and analytic scene assets.
udm2 Usable Data Mask 2.0. Read more about this new asset here.