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QuickBird-2 ESA archive

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  1. Go to the ESA User Services Portal
  2. Register or log in to EO Sign In
  3. Submit the form for accessing the data
  4. The request will be evaluated by ESA, which normally takes up to 2 days
  5. Upon successful evaluation, you will receive a confirmation email
  6. A second email will follow with details of where to download the data
  7. Search and download the products from the dissemination service (via a map).
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All products are freely accessible in accordance with ESA’s Earth observation data policy. An active EO Sign In account is required to download the products.

In the Optical Online Dissemination Service and catalogue the data is collection based and allows data browse and download through the treeview as well as via geographical search using a static map.

QuickBird-2 products can also be discovered through ESA's EO Catalogue (EO CAT), which allows users to browse and download products among the available datasets from ESA and Third Party Missions and instruments, using various criteria (spatial, temporal).

New users can register an account on EO Sign In. For further information about the EO Sign In Service you can visit TellUs.

Should you need support to access the data, please contact EOHelp.


The QuickBird-2 archive collection consists of QuickBird-2 products requested by ESA supported projects over their areas of interest around the world. The dataset regularly grows as ESA collects new products over the years.

Panchromatic (up to 61 cm resolution) and 4-Bands (up to nominal value of 2.44 m resolution, reduced to 1.63 m when the orbit altitude was lowered to 300 km at the end of the mission) products are available. The 4-Bands includes various options such as Multispectral (separate channel for Blue, Green, Red, NIR1), Pan-sharpened (Blue, Green, Red, NIR1), Bundle (separate bands for PAN, Blue, Green, Red, NIR1), Natural Colour (pan-sharpened Blue, Green, Red), Coloured Infrared (pan-sharpened Green, Red, NIR1), Natural Colour / Coloured Infrared (3-Band pan-sharpened).

The processing levels are:

  • STANDARD (2A): normalised for topographic relief
  • View Ready Standard (OR2A): ready for orthorectification
  • View Ready Stereo: collected in-track for stereo viewing and manipulation
  • Map-Ready (Ortho) 1:12,000 Orthorectified: additional processing unnecessary
  • Map-Ready (Ortho) 1:15,000 Orthorectified: additional processing unnecessary

Spatial coverage: Check the spatial coverage of the collection on a map available on the Third Party Missions Dissemination Service.

The following table summarises the offered product types

EO-SIP product typeBand CombinationDescription
BGI_PAN_2APanchromatic (PAN)Panchromatic Standard/Panchromatic Ortho Ready Standard
BGI_PAN_MPPanchromatic (PAN)Panchromatic Map Scale Ortho
BGI_PAN_ORPanchromatic (PAN)Panchromatic Ortho Ready Stereo
BGI_4B__2A4-Band (4B)4-Band Standard/4-band Ortho Ready Standard
BGI_4B__MP4-Band (4B)4-Band Map Scale Ortho
BGI_4B__OR4-Band (4B)4-Band Ortho Ready Stereo



Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
Spatial coverage:
90 N, -90 S, -180 W, 180 E
Temporal coverage:
2002-02-11 - 2012-05-25
Date of launch:
Mission status:
Orbit height:
450 km (300 km at end of mission)
Orbit type:
Swath width:
16.5 km
Very High Resolution - VHR (0 - 5m), High Resolution - HR (5 - 20 m)
VIS (0.40 - 0.75 µm), NIR (0.75 - 1.30 µm)
Product types:


Level 2, Level 3, Multiple


Utilisation of this data is subject to ESA's Earth Observation Terms and Conditions.



Product Sepcification

Map Ready Data Imagery Sheet

Product Sepcification

Product Specification

Stereo Product Details

Product Specification

Product Specification

View Ready Imagery Data Sheet

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