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GeoEye-1 Satellite Sensor
Satellite Imaging Corporation acquires and processes imagery from the groundbreaking GeoEye-1 satellite sensor. The satellite sensor launched on September 6, 2008 (view launch video).
About the GeoEye-1 Satellite
The GeoEye-1 Satellite sensor was developed by GeoEye and features the most sophisticated technology ever used in a commercial remote sensing system.
GeoEye-1 is capable of acquiring image data at 0.41 meter panchromatic (B&W) and 1.65 meter multispectral resolution. It also features a revisit time of less than three days, as well as the ability to locate an object within just three meters of its physical location.
This newly developed sensor is optimized for large projects, as it can collect over 350,000 square kilometers of pan-sharpened multispectral satellite imagery every day.
Above: GeoEye-1 Satellite Sensor - Image Credit: GeoEye
GeoEye-1: Satellite Sensor Characteristics
The following specifications are courtesy of GeoEye, and are subject to change.
IMAGING & COLLECTION SPECIFICATIONS
|Launch Date||September 6, 2008
11:50:57 to 11:52:21 AM PST
|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)
|Spectral Range||Panchromatic: 450 - 800 nm
Blue: 450 - 510 nm
Green: 510 - 580 nm
Red: 655 - 690 nm
Near Infra Red: 780 - 920 nm
|Metric Accuracy/Geolocation||CE stereo: 2 m / 6.6 ft
LE stereo: 3 m / 9.84 ft
CE mono: 2.5 m / 8.20 ft
These are specified as 90% CE (circular error) for the horizontal and 90% LE (linear error) for the vertical with no ground control points (GCP's)
|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
• 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 684 km Altitude (40° Latitude Target)||
|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.
|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||684 kilometers / 425 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|
GeoEye-1 Satellite Imagery Gallery
Please take a look at our GeoEye-1 Satellite Sensor Gallery to view captivating images produced by this sensor.
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