The RapidEye constellation of five Earth Observation satellites has been in operation since February of 2009. The system images a 77 kilometre wide swath, which produces more than five million square kilometres of earth every day for its archive and over one billion km2 every year.
RapidEye's sensors produce imagery in five spectral bands (Red, Green, Blue, Red Edge and Near Infrared). Over 70% of RapidEye's imagery has a view angle of less than 10°, as the view angle of RapidEye imagery is always less than 20°. The system also has the capability for daily revisit to any point on earth. Each of the five satellites are identically calibrated so that images between satellites are indistinguishable from each other.