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