On 24 September 1999, a new era in satellite remote sensing started with the successful launch of Space Imaging’s IKONOS satellite. IKONOS is the world's first high-resolution commercial satellite to offer 1-metre Earth imagery. Onboard sensors can point both along and across the satellite track, providing a revisit capability of 1-3 days.
The IKONOS Satellite was launched in 1999. IKONOS is owned and operated by DigitalGlobe and collects image data down to a pixel resolution of 0.82 m.
Onboard sensors can point both along and across track, providing a revisit capability of 1-3 days depending on latitude. The satellite simultaneously captures 0.82 m panchromatic (black & white) and 3.28 m multispectral (colour) digital imagery.
The panchromatic and multispectral datasets are available separately or can be purchased as combined (pan-sharpened) 0.82 m multispectral imagery.
|Resolution||Panchromatic (B & W) 82 cm (nadir)
Multispectral 3.2 m (nadir)
|Nominal Swath Width||11 km at nadir|
|Archive Availability||Possible archive from 1999.|
|Minimum area of purchase||25 sq km from archive (5 km x 5 km)
100 sq km for new capture (10 km x 10 km)
Minimum width 5 km
Minimum segment length 5 km
|Dynamic Range||11 bits|
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