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TruEarth® 15-meter Global Satellite Imagery



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TruEarth® 15-meter imagery is the baseline for global, natural-color, Earth imagery. A complete, 3.6 Terabyte, global mid-resolution dataset, TruEarth® 15-meter imagery is ideal for web mapping, simulation, visualization and GIS applications. TruEarth® 15-meter imagery provides complete, best-available, substantially cloud-free, global coverage (except Antarctica) of the Earth at 15-meters-per-pixel resolution. We provide TruEarth® imagery in 1° x 1° drop-in GeoTIFF, ECW or JPEG2000 image tiles, each with 7,200 x 7,200 pixels.

You've seen TruEarth® on Google Earth and Google Maps... discover why TruEarth® is the preferred imagery for some of the most visible web mapping services; simulation applications; and broadcast, print and film. TruEarth® imagery is also playing an important role in next-generation Synthetic Vision aviation flight displays.


TruEarth® 15-meter imagery licenses are available in either an End-user or OEM Integrator type. End-user licenses allow use of the imagery for essentially any creative or technical purpose other than resale or distribution of the product. OEM licenses allow embedded use and distribution of the imagery in physical devices, software applications and web applications.

TruEarth® 15-meter imagery comes as a standard off-the-shelf product with these features:

  • Pure TruEarth® Color

  • Pure Uncompressed NASA Source Data Lineage

  • Global Coverage

  • Seamless Drop-in 1° x 1° uncompressed GeoTIFF Image Tiles

  • Optional compressed ECW or JPEG2000 Image Tiles

  • Standard WGS84 Geographic Projection

  • Best-available Landsat 7 Source Data

  • Globally Accurate to <50 meters RMSE

  • No-nonsense Licensing Terms

The complete TruEarth® 15-meter imagery global dataset.

TruEarth® 15-meter global imagery products are available in three options to provide the highest quality tuned for different applications where dataset size reduction is required.

    TruEarth® GeoTIFF Uncompressed.
Our original TruEarth® 15-meter global imagery product, perfect for the most demanding (mission critical) applications. Based on fully uncompressed lossless NASA source data with unsurpassed visual feature fidelity.

    TruEarth® ECW/JPEG2000 10:1 Compressed.  
For demanding applications where excellent visual feature fidelity and moderate dataset size reduction are required.

    TruEarth® ECW/JPEG2000 24:1 Compressed.  
Comparable in quality to competitive provider's global 15-meter imagery offerings that are based on lower-quality MrSID compressed source data. For embedded and web applications, balanced to provide high visual feature fidelity and substantial file size reduction. 

    Data Size Comparisons.

TruEarth® 15 Global Product Options

Size (GB)

GeoTIFF (Uncompressed)


10:1 Compressed ECW/JPEG2000


24:1 Compressed ECW/JPEG2000


As a universal, accurate basemap, TruEarth® 15-meter imagery is ready to support your application. TruEarth® 15-meter imagery is ideal for the following:

  • Web Mapping Services

  • 3D Visualization

  • Flight and Mission Planning Simulation

  • Flight Deck Displays

  • In-Flight Entertainment Moving Maps

  • Personal Navigation Devices

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

  • Animation

  • Broadcast News and Weather Systems

  • Museum-grade Displays and Print Media



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