OSINT At Home #9 – My Top 4 Free Satellite Imagery Sources

Published on July 27, 2022 by

This tutorial is part 9 of the OSINT At Home series. It covers a common question that I get asked a lot, which is where I am getting my satellite imagery from. So I’ve made this tutorial on my four favourite satellite imagery sources and tools – and they’re all free.

This tutorial may suit you if you are keen to learn a little bit more about how and where to find satellite imagery for free. We all know commercial imagery can be expensive, so getting it for free is quite helpful.

If you are keen on learning more about geospatial intelligence (GEOINT), GIS, open source intelligence (OSINT), verification, geolocation or being able to visualise findings in research, journalism or movie making with satellite imagery, then you might find this tutorial helpful.

The OSINT At Home series is useful for those looking to find digital breadcrumbs and pick up some methods of open source intelligence (OSINT), digital investigations and good old plain research. No matter who you are, or where you are in the world, you can follow these tutorials from home with publicly available information to answer questions such as who, what, where and when.

Google Earth Pro: https://www.google.co.uk/earth/download/gep/agree.html
Sentinel Hub Playground: https://apps.sentinel-hub.com/sentinel-playground
Zoom Earth: https://zoom.earth/
World Imagery Wayback: https://livingatlas.arcgis.com/wayback

How to geolocate an image or find a location using satellite imagery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoqWbpZUOSo />How to create a satellite image timelapse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMuVP9JI2ps />How to view past satellite imagery on Google Earth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpN9nEnivnU&t=130s />How to add KML/KMZ files to Google Earth and where to find them: https://benjaminstrick.com/geospatial-awareness-how-to-add-data-to-google-earth/
15 Free Satellite Imagery Data Sources:
Free Satellite Imagery Sources: https://eos.com/blog/free-satellite-imagery-sources/

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Imagery: Google Earth/Landsat Copernicus
Satellite imagery: Copernicus Sentinel & Landsat data source acquired through the Sentinel Hub Sentinel Playground: https://apps.sentinel-hub.com/sentine…, Sinergise Ltd.
Microsoft Maps, ESRI Imagery

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  • Jacques 3 weeks ago

    Checked my neighborhood. World Imagery Wayback is definitely NOT accurate: The area of a new building next to my home still contains the old buildings, and the car in front of my home is my former one as well (very dark grey and not white). The map is labeled April 2022, and I think it can't be later than early 2021 at best. Moreover, the picture of April 2021 is exactly the same: no difference. Even the cars in the local supermarket's parking are exactly the same.

  • Ernesto Muñiz 3 weeks ago

    How can we update the satélite image when the tow has grown but the image is older and is notshowing new buildings?

  • Wendy Hayden 3 weeks ago

    One of those imagines looks HIGHLY suspect…..👀

  • Wendy Hayden 3 weeks ago

    Ash heats up faster

  • Jay H 3 weeks ago

    Hibbeler productions channel may help

  • CactusLadySouth 3 weeks ago

    how long does it take for google earth to load up

  • chinedu Ejibendu 3 weeks ago

    hello @bendobrown
    can you share the project on Borno state?

  • Eduardo Gomez 2 weeks ago

    Gracias por el vídeo me fue de gran utilidad, saludos desde Buenos Aires Argentina 🇦🇷

  • Godngunclinger 2 weeks ago

    @Bendobrown I'm trying to help see as up-to-date an image of the water level of lake Mead

  • Pat Boyce 2 weeks ago

    thank you for this valuable resource – liked and subbed 🙂

  • steveward53 2 weeks ago

    Sentinel's not as high resolution as GE because it's satellite imagery only , GE close-up view are a layer of aerial photographs taken from much lower altitude.

  • Papa Bear 2 weeks ago

    Wait, in three years, what happened to the villages?

  • Papa Bear 2 weeks ago

    How do they have images from 1945?

  • Feldwebel Wolfenstool 2 weeks ago

    C-MAP Genesis….Social Map. Upload your bottom profile maps your unit creates, to share with other users. Download their underwater topo maps directly into your unit…Sentinel is too fuzzy. Some C-MAPped areas have better resolution than Google Earth..

  • niki123489 2 weeks ago

    I wonder what is the best softwere for archeologists?