Very High Resolution Satellites

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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