On 24 September 1999, a new era in satellite remote sensing started with the successful launch of Space Imaging’s IKONOS satellite. IKONOS was the world's first high-resolution commercial satellite to offer 1-metre Earth imagery. DigitalGlobe advises that the IKONOS mission will be ended sometime in 2015.
The IKONOS Satellite was launched in 1999 and is due to be decommissioned in 2015, bringing an end to a 15 plus years of successful service. IKONOS is owned and operated by DigitalGlobe and collects image data down to a pixel resolution of 0.82m.
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.|
|Programmable?||No longer available|
|Minimum area of purchase||25 sq km from archive (5 km x 5 km)
Minimum width 5 km
Minimum segment length 5 km
|Dynamic Range||11 bits|
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