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SensorSatelliteTypePAN(m)MS(m) 
AATSRENVISATImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1000»
ACE-FTSSCISAT 1Atmospheric chemistry instruments 3000»
AIRSAQUAAtmospheric temperature and humidity sounders 2.3»
ALIEO-1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)1030»
ALTSEASATRadar altimeters  »
AMI SARERS-2Imaging microwave radars10 »
AMI SARERS-1Imaging microwave radars10 »
AMI WSERS-1Imaging microwave radars50000 »
AMI WSERS-2Imaging microwave radars50000 »
AMRJASON 2Atmospheric temperature and humidity sounders  »
AMSRADEOS 2Imaging microwave radars3000 »
AMSR-EAQUAImaging multi-spectral radiometers (passive microwave)4000 »
AMSUMetOp BAtmospheric temperature and humidity sounders40000 »
AMSUAQUAAtmospheric temperature and humidity sounders40000 »
AMSUMetOp AAtmospheric temperature and humidity sounders40000 »
ASARENVISATImaging microwave radars28 »
ASCATMetOp AScatterometers25000 »
ASCATMetOp BScatterometers25000 »
ASTERTERRAImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 15»
ATOVSNOAA 16Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)  »
ATOVSNOAA 15Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)  »
ATOVSNOAA 17Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)  »
ATOVSNOAA 18Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)  »
ATSR IRRERS-1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1000»
ATSR IRRERS-2Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1000»
ATSR MWSERS-1Imaging microwave radars20000 »
ATSR MWSERS-2Imaging microwave radars20000 »
AVHRR 1NOAA 6Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1100»
AVHRR 2NOAA 12Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1100»
AVHRR 2NOAA 7Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1100»
AVHRR 2NOAA 8Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1100»
AVHRR 2NOAA 9Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1100»
AVHRR 2NOAA 11Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1100»
AVHRR 2NOAA 14Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1100»
AVHRR 2NOAA 10Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1100»
AVHRR 3NOAA 15Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1100»
AVHRR 3MetOp AImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1100»
AVHRR 3NOAA 18Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1100»
AVHRR 3NOAA 16Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1100»
AVHRR 3MetOp BImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1100»
AVHRR 3NOAA 17Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1100»
AVNIRADEOS 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)816»
AVNIR-2ALOS 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 10»
AWiFSIRS P7 (ResourceSat-2)Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 56»
AWiFSIRS P6 (ResourceSat-1)Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 56»
BGIS 2000QuickBird 2High resolution optical imagers0.612.8»
CAVISWorldView 3Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)3030»
CCDCBERS-2bImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1000»
CCDINSAT 3AImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1000»
CERESTERRAImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)10000 »
CERESAQUAImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)10000 »
CHRISPROBA 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 17»
CMTBeijing-1High resolution optical imagers4 »
COBANBILSAT-1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 120»
CPRCLOUDSAT 1Cloud profile and rain radars1.2 »
DORISJASON 2Radar altimeters  »
DORISCryoSatRadar altimeters  »
EKORCOSMOS-1870Imaging microwave radars25 »
EKOR-AALMAZ 1Imaging microwave radars10 »
EOCKOMPSAT 1High resolution optical imagers6.6 »
ESIRESURS DK1High resolution optical imagers12.5»
ESISNigeriaSat-1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 32»
ESISUK-DMCSat-1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 32»
ESISBeijing-1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 32»
ESISAlSAT-1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 32»
ETM+LANDSAT 7Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)1530»
GeoEye-1 MSGeoEye-1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1.56»
GeoEye-1 PGeoEye-1High resolution optical imagers0.41 »
GERBMSG 1Earth radiation budget radiometers 40000»
GERBMSG 2Earth radiation budget radiometers 40000»
GERBMSG 3Earth radiation budget radiometers 40000»
GERBMSG 4Earth radiation budget radiometers 40000»
GLIADEOS 2Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)250 »
GOES ImagerGOES 11Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1000»
GOES ImagerGOES 8Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1000»
GOES ImagerGOES 12Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1000»
GOES ImagerGOES 13Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1000»
GOES ImagerGOES 9Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1000»
GOES ImagerGOES 10Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1000»
GOES SounderGOES 13Atmospheric temperature and humidity sounders 8000»
GOES SounderGOES 12Atmospheric temperature and humidity sounders 8000»
GOES SounderGOES 10Atmospheric temperature and humidity sounders 8000»
GOES SounderGOES 11Atmospheric temperature and humidity sounders 8000»
GOES SounderGOES 9Atmospheric temperature and humidity sounders 8000»
GOES SounderGOES 8Atmospheric temperature and humidity sounders 8000»
GOMEERS-2Atmospheric chemistry instruments40000 »
GOME-2MetOp AAtmospheric chemistry instruments40000 »
GOME-2MetOp BAtmospheric chemistry instruments40000 »
GOMOSENVISATAtmospheric chemistry instruments1700 »
GPSPJASON 2Radar altimeters  »
GRASMetOp AAtmospheric temperature and humidity sounders100000 »
GRASMetOp BAtmospheric temperature and humidity sounders100000 »
HiRIPLEIADES 1BHigh resolution optical imagers0.72.8»
HiRIPLEIADES 1AHigh resolution optical imagers0.72.8»
HORUSBIRD 1High resolution optical imagers14.6 »
HRCCBERS-2bHigh resolution optical imagers8 »
HRCPROBA 1High resolution optical imagers8 »
HRCCCBERS-2 (ZY-1B)Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)19.519.5»
HRCCCBERS-1 (ZY-1)Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)19.519.5»
HRGSPOT 5Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)510»
HRVSPOT 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)1020»
HRVSPOT 2Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)1020»
HRVSPOT 3Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)1020»
HRVIRSPOT 4Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)1020»
HSBAQUAAtmospheric temperature and humidity sounders13500 »
HSRSBIRD 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 372»
HXRSMTIEarth radiation budget radiometers  »
HyperionEO-1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 30»
IASIMetOp BAtmospheric temperature and humidity sounders25000 »
IASIMetOp AAtmospheric temperature and humidity sounders25000 »
IKFS-2METEOR-3M 2Atmospheric temperature and humidity sounders63000 »
IRISX-SATImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 10»
IRMSSCBERS-1 (ZY-1)Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)7878»
IRMSSCBERS-2 (ZY-1B)Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)7878»
IRMSSCBERS-2bImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)7878»
IRMSS-2CBERS-3Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 40»
IRMSS-2CBERS-4Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 40»
JMRJASON 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (passive microwave)  »
KATE-200RESURS-F 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 15»
KF1-3000RESURS-F 3Film Camera2 »
KFA-1000RESURS-F 1Film Camera 4»
KGI-4CMETEOR-3M 2Gravity, magnetic field, and geodynamic instruments  »
KGI-4CMETEOR-3M 1Gravity, magnetic field, and geodynamic instruments  »
KLIMATMETEOR-3Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)450 »
KLIMATMETEOR-3M 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)450 »
KMSSMETEOR-3M 2Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 50»
KVR-1000COSMOS-2373Film Camera2 »
LACEO-1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 250»
LISS IIRS 1BImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 72.5»
LISS IIRS 1AImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 72.5»
LISS IIIRS 1AImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 36.25»
LISS IIIRS 1BImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 36.25»
LISS IIIIRS 1CImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 23.5»
LISS IIIIRS P7 (ResourceSat-2)Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 23.5»
LISS IIIIRS P6 (ResourceSat-1)Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 23.5»
LISS IIIIRS 1DImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 23.5»
LISS IIMIRS P2Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 32»
LISS IVIRS P6 (ResourceSat-1)Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 5.8»
LISS IVIRS P7 (ResourceSat-2)Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 5.8»
LRRENVISATLidars  »
MACRAZAKSAT 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)2.55»
MAESTROSCISAT 1Atmospheric chemistry instruments  »
MEISTSINGHUA 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 39»
MERISENVISATImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 260»
MHSMetOp AAtmospheric temperature and humidity sounders16000 »
MHSMetOp BAtmospheric temperature and humidity sounders16000 »
MIPASENVISATAtmospheric chemistry instruments 3000»
MIRASSMOS (Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity)Imaging microwave radars  »
MISRTERRAImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 275»
MIVZAMETEOR-3M 1Atmospheric temperature and humidity sounders 40000»
MK-4RESURS-F 2Film Camera 5»
MODISAQUAImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 250»
MODISTERRAImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 250»
MOPITTTERRAAtmospheric chemistry instruments 22000»
MOSIRS P3Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 523»
MR-2000-M1METEOR-3M 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)700 »
MRWENVISATImaging multi-spectral radiometers (passive microwave)20000 »
MSTHEOSImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 15»
MSCKOMPSAT 2High resolution optical imagers14»
MSGI-MKAMETEOR-3M 1Gravity, magnetic field, and geodynamic instruments  »
MSGI-MKAMETEOR-3M 2Gravity, magnetic field, and geodynamic instruments  »
MSISentinel-2BImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 10»
MSISentinel-2AImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 10»
MSISBILSAT-1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 26»
MSMRIRS P4 (OceanSat-1)Imaging microwave radars22000 »
MSSLANDSAT 5Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 80»
MSSLANDSAT 4Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 80»
MSSLANDSAT 2Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 80»
MSSLANDSAT 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 80»
MSSLANDSAT 3Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 80»
MSU-ERESURS-01 3Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 33»
MSU-EMETEOR-3M 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 33»
MSU-ERESURS-01 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 33»
MSU-ERESURS-01 2Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 33»
MSU-E1RESURS-01 4Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 35»
MSU-MRMETEOR-3M 2Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1000»
MSU-SRESURS-01 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 240»
MSU-SKRESURS-01 2Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 170»
MSU-SKRESURS-01 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 170»
MSU-SKRESURS-01 3Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 170»
MSU-SK1RESURS-01 4Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 210»
MTIMTIImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 5»
MTVZAMETEOR-3M 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (passive microwave) 12000»
MTVZA-GYMETEOR-3M 2Imaging microwave radars 32000»
MUXCAMCBERS-4Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 20»
MUXCAMCBERS-3Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 20»
MVIRIMeteosat 6Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 2500»
MVIRIMeteosat 5Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 2500»
MVIRIMeteosat 2Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 2500»
MVIRIMeteosat 3Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 2500»
MVIRIMeteosat 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 2500»
MVIRIMeteosat 4Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 2500»
MWRSentinel-3 AImaging multi-spectral radiometers (passive microwave)20000 »
MWRERS-2Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (passive microwave)20000 »
NSCATADEOS 1Imaging microwave radars50000 »
OBRCMETEOR-3M 2Imaging microwave radars400 »
OCIFORMOSAT 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 800»
OCMIRS 2B (OceanSat-2)Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 236»
OCMIRS P4 (OceanSat-1)Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 236»
OCTSADEOS 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 700»
OHIRISOrbView 3High resolution optical imagers14»
OLCISentinel-3 AImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 300»
OLILANDSAT 8High resolution optical imagers3030»
OPSJERS 1High resolution optical imagers 18.3»
OSAIKONOS-2High resolution optical imagers14»
OSMIKOMPSAT 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1000»
OTDOrbView 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)10000 »
PALSARALOS 1Imaging microwave radars7 »
PANIRS P8 (CartoSat-2A)Film Camera1.8 »
PANKeyHole 1 to 4BFilm Camera1.8 »
PANTHEOSHigh resolution optical imagers2 »
PANIRS 1DHigh resolution optical imagers5.8 »
PANIRS P7 (CartoSat-2)Film Camera1.8 »
PANIRS 1CHigh resolution optical imagers5.8 »
PAN-AIRS P5 (CartoSat-1)High resolution optical imagers2.5 »
PanCamBILSAT-1High resolution optical imagers12 »
PAN-FIRS P5 (CartoSat-1)High resolution optical imagers2.5 »
PANMUXCBERS-4Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)5 »
PANMUXCBERS-3Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)5 »
PICEROS-AHigh resolution optical imagers1.9 »
PIC-2EROS-BHigh resolution optical imagers0.7 »
POLDERADEOS 1Multiple direction/polarisation instruments6000 »
POLDERADEOS 2Multiple direction/polarisation instruments6000 »
Poseidon-2JASON 1Radar altimeters  »
Poseidon-3JASON 2Radar altimeters  »
PRISMALOS 1High resolution optical imagers2.5 »
PSAMONITOR-E 1High resolution optical imagers8 »
RAERS-2Radar altimeters16 »
RAERS-1Radar altimeters16 »
RA-2ENVISATRadar altimeters  »
RALCam 1TOPSAT 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)2.55»
RBVLANDSAT 3Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 80»
RBVLANDSAT 2Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 80»
RBVLANDSAT 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 80»
RDSAMONITOR-E 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 20»
REISRapidEye A - EImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 6.5»
RISAT-SARRISAT 1Imaging microwave radars3 »
RSIFORMOSAT 2Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)28»
SAGE IIIMETEOR-3M 1Atmospheric chemistry instruments 2000»
SAR 2000COSMO-SKYMED 3Imaging microwave radars1 »
SAR 2000COSMO-SKYMED 4Imaging microwave radars1 »
SAR 2000COSMO-SKYMED 2Imaging microwave radars1 »
SAR 2000COSMO-SKYMED 1Imaging microwave radars1 »
SAR Radarsat 2RadarSat 2Imaging microwave radars3 »
SAR Radarsat1RadarSat 1Imaging microwave radars8 »
SAR SeasatSEASATImaging microwave radars25 »
SAR Sentinel-1Sentinel-1AImaging microwave radars5 »
SAR Sentinel-1Sentinel-1BImaging microwave radars5 »
SAR-JERSJERS 1Imaging microwave radars18 »
SASSSEASATScatterometers50000 »
ScaRaBMETEOR-3Earth radiation budget radiometers 60000»
ScaRaBRESURS-01 4Earth radiation budget radiometers 60000»
SCATIRS 2B (OceanSat-2)Scatterometers  »
SCIAMACHYENVISATAtmospheric chemistry instruments32000 »
SeaWiFSOrbView 2Ocean colour instruments 1000»
SeaWindsADEOS 2Imaging microwave radars50000 »
SEVIRIMSG 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1000»
SEVIRIMSG 3Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1000»
SEVIRIMSG 2Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1000»
SEVIRIMSG 4Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1000»
SFM-2METEOR-3M 1Atmospheric chemistry instruments  »
SIRALCryoSatRadar altimeters  »
SLIM-6-22DEIMOS-1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)2222»
SLSTRSentinel-3 AImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 500»
SMMETEOR-3Atmospheric temperature and humidity sounders 42000»
SMMRSEASATImaging microwave radars22000 »
SRALSentinel-3 ARadar altimeters  »
TIPFORMOSAT 3Atmospheric chemistry instruments  »
TK-350COSMOS-2373Film Camera10 »
TMLANDSAT 5Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 30»
TMLANDSAT 4Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 30»
TOMSMETEOR-3Atmospheric chemistry instruments 47000»
TSX-SARTanDEM-XImaging microwave radars1 »
TSX-SARTerraSAR XImaging microwave radars1 »
VEGETATIONSPOT 5Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1000»
VEGETATIONSPOT 4Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 1000»
VHRRINSAT 1DImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 2750»
VHRRINSAT 1BImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 2750»
VHRRINSAT 1AImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 2750»
VHRRINSAT 1CImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 2750»
VHRR 2KALPANA 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 2000»
VHRR 2INSAT 3AImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 2000»
VHRR bisINSAT 2AImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 2000»
VHRR bisINSAT 2BImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 2000»
VHRR bisINSAT 2CImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 2000»
VHRR bisINSAT 2DImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 2000»
VHRR bisINSAT 2EImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 2000»
VIRRSEASATImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)2300 »
WACPROBA 1High resolution optical imagers  »
WAOSS-BBIRD 1Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 185»
WFICBERS-1 (ZY-1)Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 260»
WFICBERS-2 (ZY-1B)Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 260»
WFICBERS-2bImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 260»
WFI-2CBERS-3Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 73»
WFI-2CBERS-4Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 73»
WiFSIRS 1CImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 188»
WiFSIRS 1DImaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 188»
WiFSIRS P3Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR) 188»
WV110WorldView 2Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)0.52»
WV-3 ImagerWorldView 3Imaging multi-spectral radiometers (vis/IR)0.311.24»
WV60WorldView 1High resolution optical imagers0.5 »