With Capella's tasking service, it is very easy to create a new tasking request for standard products. Capella's tasking service accepts tasking requests for point targets and areas defined by a bounding box or polygon area of interest (AOI). To task based on an area defined by a bounding box or polygon area of interest (AOI), follow the steps outlined for Creating an area task. To task based on a point target, follow these steps:
1. Set the point of interest
To start a new tasking request, drop a point on the map in the Capella Console. If Capella already has imagery in the archive for this AOI, it will show up in the results list on the left.
2. Click the Add Tasking Request button
Clicking the Add Tasking Request button will take you to the Task Submission page. Here, you can decide to create a single (one time) tasking request or set up a monitoring campaign over the point using Repeat tasking. For more information on creating a Repeat tasking campaign, follow steps outlined for Creating a repeat task.
3. Set a Target Name for your task request
Setting a Target Name enables you to quickly find the tasking request on the Task List page. The Target Description field is an optional field and enables you to provide user-specific details to the tasking request.
4. Set Window Open date & time
Window Open is the earliest time that you would like the tasking request to begin. Date and times are based on UTC, not local time at the point target.
5. Chose a Tasking Tier
The tasking system supports 1-Day, 3-Day, 7-Day and Background tasking tiers for point tasking to give you additional control of the collect timeframe and tasking request priority. The Tasking Tier sets the prioritization of your task and determines the period of time within which Capella will attempt to serve your request.
6. Set the Collection Time
You can designate your tasking request to occur during the night or the day for a single task. Day means the task will be collected between 6am and 6pm (06:00-18:00) local time; Night means the task will be collected between 6pm and 6am (18:00 – 06:00) local time. The default of Anytime enables the tasking request to be scheduled at the next available opportunity.
7. Set the Imaging Mode
For single point tasking requests, the Capella Console defaults to the Spotlight imaging mode. Capella offers three imaging models: Spotlight, Sliding Spotlight, and Stripmap.
8. Set any Optional Parameters
Expanding the Optional Parameters tab allows users to further refine their tasking request to meant their use case. Available parameters include Window Close date & time, the Orbital Plane, Orbit State, Observation Direction, and Product Category.
You can also chose to skip the pricing review step outlined in Step 12 by click the Pre-Approval button. This will enable the system to immediately submit your tasking request, regardless of cost.
Selecting a Product Category of "Custom" will expose additional optional parameters, depending on the Imaging Mode selected.
9. Review potential satellite access times with Mission Awareness
For point target tasking, the Mission Awareness tool generates a list of potential satellite access times up to 30 days from the Window Open date & time. Hovering over one access time will display the potential footprint on the map as well as additional details about the task.
10. Click Create Task
Do not worry, you'll have another opportunity to review the tasking request before it is submitted to the Scheduler.
11. Review the task request information and click Submit New Task, if correct
If you need to change any of the information, click the Modify button. Once submitted, the tasking request will move into a Received status while the system calculates the estimated cost, unless you have opted to pre-approve the task.
12. Review the cost estimate and click Submit Request
If you did not select pre-approval, you will receive an email when the estimated cost of your tasking request is ready for review. The email will provide you with a link back to the Console.
You can find tasking requests that require approval in the Task List page with a current status of "Review". Click View Details to see the tasking request details and cost estimate. From there, you can Submit or Cancel the tasking request.
13. The scheduling system will run within 15 minutes and either accept or reject your request
If a tasking request is accepted by the system, it will move to an "Accepted" or "Active" status. You can continue to follow the progress of your tasking request from the Task Lists page in Console. You will also receive an email when the request is completed and the data is ready for download.
If a request is "Rejected", it means that Capella cannot collect the tasking request as specified. This may be due to the fact that the satellite cannot access your target within the specified window or that the schedule is full at that time. You will need to resubmit the request within a different time period or with different tasking parameters.