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Remote Sensing Data Sources

This document provides contact information for a variety of sources for satellite image data.

Currently, the state of satellite remote sensing is highly volatile. Older satellites are beginning to lose capability; new satellites and missions are being deployed around the world.

This list is intended to provide resources for further investigation. It cannot hope to be complete or fully up-to-date; contact the organizations listed here for the most current and accurate information.

Please let us know if you would like us to add your site or if you have any corrections.


21700 Atlantic Boulevard
Dulles, VA 20166 U.S.A.
Phone: +1-703-480-7500
Fax: +1-303-254-2215

Distributors of data from high resolution Ikonos and OrbView satellites, as well as Landsat TM (multispectral), Indian Remote Sensing Satellite (IRS) (multispectral, high resolution panchromatic), ERS-1 (radar), JERS-1 (radar), plus specialized, pre-processed image and data products.

SPOT Image Corporation

14595 Avion Parkway, Suite 500
Chantilly, VA 20151 U.S.A.
Phone: +1-703-715-3100
Fax: +1-703-715-3120

Distributors of data from the French SPOT satellite (multispectral and high resolution panchromatic), as well as specialized, preprocessed image and data products.

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, Ltd.

13800 Commerce Parkway
Richmond, BC V6V 2J3 CANADA
Phone: +1-604-244-0400
Fax: +1-604-231-4938

Distributors of data from the Canadian RADARSAT radar satellite, and the European ERS-1 radar satellite, as well as other platforms

Australian Center for Remote Sensing (ACRES)

c/o Australian Surveying and Land Information Center
P.O. Box 2
Belconnen ACT 2616 AUSTRALIA
Phone: +61-6-201-4201
Fax: +61-6-201-4366

Distributors of a wide range of data including ALOS, Landsat, SPOT, ERS-1, ERS-2, JERS-1, NOAA AVHRR data, for Australia.

European Space Agency (ESA)

European Space Agency
8-10 rue Mario Nikis
75738 Paris Cedex 15, FRANCE
Phone: +33-1-5369-7654
Fax: +33-1-5369 7560

International organization that operates ERS-1 and ERS-2 radar satellites as well as a variety of other missions.


(National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service)

NOAA operates and distributes data from a variety of satellite platforms, including NOAA AVHRR image data as well as a broad range of atmospheric and ocean-related non-image data. Consult the web site for links to detailed information as well as downloadable imagery.

USGS EROS Data Center


EROS Data Center maintains and distributes many different spatial data sets, including archived Landsat TM and MSS imagery which can be downloaded free of charge.

JAXA (Japanese Aerospace ExplorationAgency)

See also:

JAXA develops and operates Japanese satellite programs, including the recently launched ALOS (Advanced Land Observing Satellite) JERS-1 radar satellite. RESTEC is the premier Japanese research and development agency for space-related projects, and is responsible for data distribution.

R & D Center ScanEx


Distributors of Russian Resurs-01 and Meteor-3M satellite digital data, as well as a range of other satellites. ScanEx also develops and sells personal receiving stations for Resurs-01 and other satellites.

Geo Community


This site is a clearinghouse for publicly-distributable GIS data sets including some imagery. Data sets can be downloaded for free, or visitors can request custom CDs with selected data sets (for a fee).