Glossary

Panchromatic

Sensitive to many wavelengths of light. 

Pixel

An abbreviation of ‘picture element’. It is the minimum size area on the ground detectable by a remote sensing device. The size varies depending on the type of sensor. 

Polar orbit

An orbit with an orbital inclination of near 90 degrees where the satellite ground track will cross both polar regions once during each orbit. The term describes the near-polar orbits of a spacecraft.

PostgreSQL

Also known as Postgres, it is an open source object-relational database management system with an emphasis on extensibility and standards compliance. It can handle workloads ranging from small single-machine applications to large internet-facing applications with many concurrent users. 

Process

The generation of some form of output as the result of a set of actions, which may include sub-processes. 

Product

A categorical term applied to describe the output from a process. Typically, a product has an associated product definition which contains the product description and specification.

Python

The programming language used to develop the Data Cube. It is easy to use while still allowing high performance access and processing capabilities.

For more information, see Python.