THE CEOS DATABASE : Missions, Instruments and Measurements
CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - MSI -
Full Name Multi Spectral Imager Status Operational
Instrument Agencies DLR Maturity High Heritage - Operational
Instrument Type High resolution optical imagers Geometry Push-broom scanning
Instrument Technology High resolution optical imager Sampling Imaging
Data Access Open Access Data Format
Measurements and Applications High resolution images with short observing cycle for commercial and scientific applications.
Resolution Summary 6.5 m
[Best Resolution: 6.5m]
Swath Summary 78 km
[Max Swath: 78 km]
Accuracy Summary 2 - 3%
Waveband Summary 4 VIS + 1 NIR band: 440 - 510 nm, 520 - 590 nm, 630 - 690 nm, 690 - 730 nm, 760 - 880 nm
VIS (~0.40 µm - ~0.75 µm)
NIR (~0.75 µm - ~1.3 µm)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
Albedo and reflectanceEarth surface albedo 
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperatureCloud cover 
Multi-purpose imagery (land)Land surface imagery 
Sea ice cover, edge and thicknessSea-ice cover 
Glacier cover 
Snow cover, edge and depthSnow cover 
VegetationVegetation type 
Land cover 
Instrument Missions
RapidEye - RapidEye (2008 - 2019)
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