Aerial Archives - Aerial Photography and Satellite Research

Aerial Photography and Satellite Imagery Research

Aerial Archives provides comprehensive aerial photography and satellite imagery research services, both for vertical and oblique aerial photography and imagery collected by numerous satellites. Aerial Archives services include customized research of the Aerial Archives' library and third party image collections. In addition to oblique and vertical aerial photography research and satellite imagery research, we provide aerial maps of most metropolitan areas. To submit a research request, please download our form:

- Research Request Form (PDF)


This form may be submitted via email or feel free to give us a call at 415/771-2555. Please use our interactive Location Mapper to define your area of interest and include that with your research form unless your area of interest is very small in which case an address is sufficient.

If you are requesting research of vertical aerial photography or satellite imagery, you will receive a report which contains the year in which the imagery was created, the scale of the photography, the medium and any additional comments applicable to the photography.

We do not provide advance proofing services for vertical aerial photography or satellite imagery before the imagery has been ordered. Proofing services are available upon placement of orders of some digital vertical aerial photography, and when digital deliverables containing special graphics are ordered. In addition we do provide proofing services in advance of ordering oblique aerial photographs.

Turnaround times for research services depend on the service requested. Rush service is usually 1 to 2 business days from receipt of the request unless the request is complex or requires research of historical oblique aerial photography. Standard service is usually 5 business days. If you are submitting a rush request and timing is critical, please call to confirm receipt of your request.

For additional information about obtaining existing aerial photography or satellite imagery please consult the aerial photography and satellite imagery research FAQs.