Thursday, April 10, 2008

GeoEye-1: Satellite Sensor Characteristics

The following specifications are courtesy of GeoEye, and are subject to change.

Launch Date Q3 2007 (estimated)
Operational Life Over 10 years
Orbital Altitude 684 kilometers
Resolution at Nadir 0.41 meters panchromatic; 1.65 meters multispectral
Image Swath 15.2 kilometers
Equator Crossing Time Nominally 10:30 AM solar time
Revisit Time Less than 3 days
Dynamic Range 11-bits per pixel
Image Bands Panchromatic, blue, green, red, near IR

About the GeoEye-1 Satellite

GeoEye-1, developed and launched by GeoEye, will feature the most sophisticated technology ever used in a commercial remote sensing system. GeoEye-1 will be capable of acquiring image data at 0.41 meter panchromatic (B&W) and 1.65 meter multispectral resolution. GeoEye-1 will also feature a revisit time of under three days, as well as the ability to locate an object within just three meters of its physical location. This newly developed sensor will also be optimized for large projects, as it will be able to collect over 350,000 square kilometers of pan-sharpened multispectral satellite imagery every day.