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

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Published on September 24, 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.

FREE SATELLITE IMAGERY SOURCES
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

MORE RESOURCES
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:
https://gisgeography.com/free-satellite-imagery-data-list/
Free Satellite Imagery Sources: https://eos.com/blog/free-satellite-imagery-sources/

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CREDITS FOR THIS TUTORIAL
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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17 Comments

  • farmer Rog 3 months ago

    How do I find this version of google earth. I had it on my old computer but now I cannot find it to download on my new one. The version I get does not have get directions etc.

  • yoseph dosegnaw 3 months ago

    thanks brather

  • Mark Mather 3 months ago

    so I tried zoo earth online, but I can not zoom in even half as much as you showed?? Is there a desktop version or so to use?

  • bill hanna 3 months ago

    What would be your choice for up to date detailed imagery for a sailor , Thanks

  • Mlad Mladic 3 months ago

    most people got sotNice tutorialng from tNice tutorials video. Much love!

  • lakayHukay 3 months ago

    can you see the gold image bro

  • richard duffner 2 months ago

    1940s imagery of London? Must be an assembled image since no satellites were present at that time.

  • Dan O'Hanlon 2 months ago

    Free “access.” what about “usage?”

  • Cheryl MacKenzie 2 months ago

    Very sobering some things. Then the imagery makes a lot of ground features about water incredibly clear.

  • Cheryl MacKenzie 2 months ago

    Thank you for your posting. I had no idea this was out there (pencil user). I am interested in water and watersheds, and all of this news about fires and slides, well, there's room to intervene some providence, not necessarily complex, not that it is possible to view the result from satellite imagery. I look forward to learning more- and using it! Thank you again for posting this.

  • David Lee 2 months ago

    Thanks for the information !

  • Bikes & Barbells 2 months ago

    I''m trying to download detailed imagery that I can import to a couple different applications I use to report positional location information from radios over gps and other waveforms, for example the application will give me a world map, and i can see whee the position is, but i cant zoom in to see it in detail, is there a way to get maps, to layer over ??

  • koga nja kru 2 months ago

    I used to use zoom earth but it turned to garbage

  • koga nja kru 2 months ago

    4:26 when he stops puffin google eartg

  • Voltage123 2 months ago

    Hey someone can share a good satellite source to see Ukraine?

  • Sweet Sour Travel 2 months ago

    Interesting 🤔

  • lakayHukay 2 months ago

    can public can access this