The Quickbird Satellite was successfully launched on October 18, 2001 and has used its state-of-the-art BGIS 2000 sensor to obtain sub-metre resolution images until January 27th, 2015, when it re-entered the atmosphere after its 13 year orbit. Images were collected at a resolution of 0.65m every 1 – 3.5 days, allowing the images to be used for a multitude of applications, from change detection to urban planning.
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Parameter IKONOS
Orbit Altitude 450km (raised to 482km in April 2011)
Spectral Bands 1 Panchromatic band (450-900nm) and 4 Multispectral Bands (R/G/B/NIR 450-900nm)
Swath Width 16.5km
Ground Sampling Distance (GSD) 0.61-2.6m
Launch/Life Expectancy 2001-2015
Revisit Time 1-3.5 Days
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