Satellite Overview

WorldView-3

WorldView-3 was launched on 13th August, 2014 in California. WorldView-3 is the first multi-payload, super-spectral, high-resolution commercial satellite featuring 16 multispectral bands, and the ability to capture imagery at 31cm resolution.

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Worldview-2

WorldView-2 was launched on Oct 8, 2009 in California. WorldView-2 was the first satellite to offer 8-band multi-spectral imagery with sub metre resolution, along with increased agility, accuracy and stereo capability.

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GeoEye-1

Launched on Sep 6, 2008, GeoEye-1 can collect images with a ground resolution of 0.41 metres in panchromatic mode and at 1.65 metres for multispectral mode. GeoEye-1 offers three metre geolocation accuracy, which means that customers can map natural and man-made features to within 3 metres of their actual location.

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Worldview-1

WorldView-1 was launched on Sep 18, 2007. The high-capacity, panchromatic imaging system features half-metre resolution imagery. WorldView-1 has an average revisit time of 1.7 days and is capable of collecting in-track stereo.

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Pleiades

The Pléiades system was designed under the French-Italian ORFEO program (Optical & Radar Federated Earth Observation) between 2001 and 2003.

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QuickBird

Launched Oct 18, 2001 and decommissioned on January 27th 2015, the QuickBird satellite was the first in a constellation of spacecraft that DigitalGlobe has developed that offers highly accurate, commercial high resolution imagery of Earth.

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IKONOS

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.

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SPOT 6 & 7

SPOT-6 (Système Pour l’Observation de la Terre) is an optical satellite built by Astrium and was successfully launched on September 9, 2012.

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ALOS

Launched on Jan 24, 2006, the Advanced Land Observation Satellite (ALOS) has been developed to contribute to the fields of mapping, precise regional land observation, disaster monitoring and resource surveying.

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RapidEye

The RapidEye constellation of 5 sensors was launched on 29th August 2008. Since it’s inception RapidEye has offered users of satellite imagery from various applications with large area coverage, daily revisit times, high resolution imagery and additional multispectral capabilities.

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SPOT 5

SPOT (Satellite Pour l'Observation de la Terre) 5 is a high resolution satellite that was launched in 2002 and captures at 2.5m resolution. Due to be decommissioned in 2015.

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SPOT 4

The SPOT constellation are owned and operated by Airbus Defence and Space and collected image data down to a pixel resolution of 10 m.

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SPOTMaps

SPOTMaps are seamless, uniform, orthorectified regional coverages produced with 2.5 m pan-sharpened colour imagery acquired by the SPOT 5 satellite.

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LANDSAT 8

Landsat 8 will ensure the continued acquisition and availability of Landsat data with instruments that will collect image data for nine shortwave bands and two longwave thermal bands.

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ASTER

Terra, the first Earth Observing System (EOS) satellite was launched on December 18, 1999. ASTER is one of five state-of-the-art instrument sensor systems on-board Terra.

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LANDSAT 5&7

The LANDSAT-7 satellite was successfully launched from Vandenburg Air Force Base on April 15, 1999.

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ALOS-2

ALOS-2 is a follow-on mission from ALOS-1 ("DAICHI"). This satellite was launched on 24 May 2014 with enhanced capabilities.

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TerraSAR-X

TerraSAR-X was launched in 2007 and carries a steerable X-Band SAR sensor which provides a highly accurate, high resolution dataset.

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RADARSAT

Spaceborne SAR remote sensing took a giant leap forward with the launch of the RADARSAT satellite in 1995.
Table of RADARSAT-1 Tech Specs
Table of RADARSAT-2 Tech Specs

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PALSAR

The Phased Array L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (PALSAR) on the ALOS satellite was developed under a joint project between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Japan Resources Observation System Organisation (JAROS).

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