Discovery API: Quick Start
The Simple Catalog REST API is an easy-to-use way to request simultaneously all Airbus Defence and Space optical satellite catalogs. It is designed to fit REST principles.
Supported output formats include popular JSON, including its spatial extension GeoJSON as well as KML for an immediate visualization of selected imagery.
Links to overviews of the stored satellite image (“quicklook”) are also available, providing either standard JPEG image or georeferenced GeoTIFF rasters. Projected quicklooks are supplied as PNG images with an alpha transparency layer. SPOT 1-5 cloud and snow masks are also available as BMP or JPEG rasters.
The Simple Catalog REST API makes it easy to retrieve SPOT 1-6 and PHR data via:
A set of unified query criteria ;
A unified output semantic, although some specific SPOT 1-5 metadata can be explicitly requested ;
An adhesion to well known Web technologies ;
A budget aware design with a write-once your client application, gain-access-to-all-satellite-data philosophy.
Obtaining an API key
All API request must include an API key.
Using an API key ensure that Airbus Defence and Space can contact you about your application. This includes providing information about new releases or contacting you about specific issues.
Do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com for information about the API.
To apply for an API key, please visit the following link.
The generation of the API key is subject to your full approval of the
Terms & Conditions
Before starting any industrial development don’t forget to have a look at the Good Practice section to avoid any unwanted unpleasant experience.
Two important points worth mentioning are that all latitude and longitude coordinates use the Geographic WGS84 spatial reference system and date/time are given in Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) also informally referred to as GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).
The easiest way to start learning about the catalog API is to see some examples. Below we offer a representative sample of links to get a picture of the Simple Catalog API.
The User Guide is also available as well as tables with all the supported parameters.