GeoEye set geospatial industry standards with the launch of IKONOS®, the world's first sub-meter commercial satellite. Driven to continue this trend through an intense commitment to our clients, we own and operate an extensive constellation of Earth-imaging satellites, mapping aircraft and an international network of ground stations. These resources, coupled with our vast imagery archive and advanced imagery-processing capabilities, allow us to offer a broad spectrum of imagery products that our clients continue to rely on year after year.
GeoEye again made history with the Sept. 6, 2008 launch of GeoEye-1—the world's highest resolution commercial earth-imaging satellite.
GeoEye-1 is equipped with the most sophisticated technology ever used in a commercial satellite system. It offers unprecedented spatial resolution by simultaneously acquiring 0.41-meter panchromatic and 1.65-meter multispectral imagery. The detail and geospatial accuracy of GeoEye-1 imagery further expands applications for satellite imagery in every commercial and government market sector. To learn more about GeoEye’s collection and delivery capabilities, please visit our launch site.
Setting the Standard
GeoEye first made history with the IKONOS satellite launch on Sept. 24, 1999. IKONOS, derived from the Greek word for image, is the world's first commercial satellite able to collect black-and-white (panchromatic) images with 82-centimeter resolution and multispectral imagery with 4-meter resolution. Imagery from both sensors can be merged to create 1-meter color imagery (pan-sharpened). The more than 300 million square kilometers of imagery that IKONOS has collected over every continent is being used for national security, military mapping, air and marine transportation, and by regional and local governments.
GeoEye’s OrbView-2 collects on a daily basis color imagery of the Earth’s land and ocean surfaces. As the foundation upon which GeoEye built the SeaStarSM Fisheries Information Service, OrbView-2 provides imagery for maps used by commercial vessels to detect favorable oceanographic fishing conditions. The satellite also provides broad-area coverage in 2,800 km-wide swaths, which are routinely used in naval operations, environmental monitoring, and global crop-assessment applications.
|Spectral range (pan)||450-800 nm||526-929 nm|
|Blue||450-510 nm||445-516 nm|
|Green||510-580 nm||505-595 nm|
|Red||655-690 nm||632-698 nm|
|Near IR||780-920 nm||757-853 nm|
|Pan Resolution at nadir||.41 meters||.82 meters|
|Pan Resolution at 60 elevation||.50-meters||1.0 meter|
|Multi-spectral Resolution at nadir||1.64 meters||3.28 meters|
|Swath width at nadir||15.2 km||11.3 km|
|Life Cycle||7 years||Over 8.5 years|
|Revisit Time||3 days at 40° latitude with elevation > 60°||3 days at 40° latitude with elevation > 60°|
|Orbital Altitude||681 km||681 km|
|Nodal Crossing||10:30 AM||10:30 AM|
|Approximate Archive size (km2)||View Archive||View Archive|