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QuickBird, launched in October 2001, was an imaging satellite of DigitalGlobe Inc. of Longmont, CO, USA. The spacecraft was in a sun-synchronous orbit with an operating altitude of 450 km. It completed one revolution every 93.4 minutes and absolved more than 15 revolutions per day.

QuickBird simultaneously collected up to 0.61m panchromatic and 2.88 m 4 band multi-spectral data. The large swath width of 16.5 km combined with 128 Gigabit on-board storage enabled QuickBird to collect with high geolocational accuracy 210,000 km2 of high-resolution imagery per day, or more than 75 million km2 of imagery data annually (over three times the size of North America).

Along with the Pan (450-900 nm, stretching from the Blue to the Near Infrared) QuickBird provided four typical multispectral bands in the visible to near-infrared range: Blue (450-520 nm), Green (520-600 nm), Red (630-690 nm) and Near Infrared (760-900 nm)

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WorldView-1/-2/-3, GeoEye-1 and QuickBird data available

23 June 2016

The WorldView-1/-2/-3, GeoEye-1 and QuickBird mission archive and new acquisitions are now available for research and application development.

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Operator DigitalGlobe
Launch date 18 October 2001
End of Life Q1 2015
Orbit Height 450km
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous, 10:30 am descending node
Orbit Period 93.4 minutes
Revisit Time 2.8 days at 1-metre GSD resolution
1.5 days at 1.5-metre GSD resolution
These values are for targets at 20 degrees latitude.
Swath Width 16.5 km at nadir
Sensor Bands Panchromatic: 450 - 900 nm

4 Multispectral:
Blue: 450 - 520 nm
Green: 520 - 600 nm
Red: 630 - 690 nm
Near-IR: 760 - 900 nm


  • 60cm GSD at nadir


  • 2.4m GSD at nadir
Onboard sensors provided under TPM Ball Global Imagery System 2000 (BGIS2000)