GeoEye-1 Fact Sheet
GeoEye-1 Fact Sheet

Imaging & Collection Specifications

Launch Date September 6, 2008

Camera Modes
  • Simultaneous panchromatic and multispectral (pan-sharpened)
  • Panchromatic only
  • Multispectral only


Resolution 0.41 m / 1.34 ft* panchromatic (nominal at Nadir)
1.65 m / 5.41 ft* multispectral (nominal at Nadir)

Metric Accuracy/Geolocation Mono: 5 m CE90, horizontal, without GCP, exclusive of terrain displacement
Stereo: 4 m CE90, horizontal, without GCP
6 m LE90, vertical, without GCP
These are specified as 90% CE (circular error) for the horizontal and 90% LE (linear error) for the vertical with no GCP (ground control point)

Swath Widths &
Representative Area Sizes
  • Nominal swath width - 15.2 km / 9.44 mi at Nadir
  • Single-point scene - 225 sq km (15x15 km)
  • Contiguous large area - 15,000 sq km (300x50 km)
  • Contiguous 1° cell size areas - 10,000 sq km (100x100 km)
  • Contiguous stereo area - 6,270 sq km (224x28 km)
(Area assumes pan mode at highest line rate)

Imaging Angle Capable of imaging in any direction

Revisit Frequency at 681 km
Altitude (40° Latitude Target)
Max Pan GSD (m)
Off Nadir Look Angle (deg)
Average Revisit (days)

Daily Monoscopic Area
Collection Capacity
Up to 700,000 sq km/day (270,271 sq mi/day) of pan area (about the size of Texas)
Up to 350,000 sq km/day (135,135 sq mi/day) of pan-sharpened multispectral area  (about the size of New Mexico)

* Data reflects ground sample distance resolution at Nadir for exclusive use by the U.S. government and any foreign government that the U.S. government may designate. Imagery sold to commercial customers will be resampled to 0.5-meter resolution. GeoEye’s current operating license with NOAA does not permit the commercial sale of imagery below 0.5-meter resolution.

Technical Information

Launch Vehicle Delta II

Launch Vehicle Manufacturer Boeing Corporation

Launch Location Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

Satellite Weight 1955 kg / 4310 lbs

Satellite Storage and Downlink 1 Terabit recorder; X-band downlink (at 740 mb/sec or 150 mb/sec)

Operational Life Fully redundant 7+ year design life; fuel for 15 years

Satellite Modes of Operation
  • Store and forward
  • Real-time image and downlink
  • Direct uplink with real-time downlink


Orbital Altitude 681 kilometers / 423 miles

Orbital Velocity About 7.5 km/sec or 17,000 mi/hr

Inclination/Equator Crossing Time 98 degrees / 10:30am

Orbit type/period Sun-synchronous / 98 minutes