ARTIST RENDERING OF IKONOS [DECOMMISSIONED]

IKONOS [DECOMMISSIONED]

A NEW ERA IN SATELLITE REMOTE SENSING

 

When the IKONOS mission was launched in 1999 it was the first sub 1 m commercial satellite in orbit. After almost 15 years of sending crystal clear imagery back to Earth IKONOS was decommissioned by re-entering Earth’s atmosphere. You can find imagery from this mission in the European Space Imaging archive.
80

cm maximum resolution

1999

year launched

2015

year decommissioned

240000

sq km collected per day

  • Design and Specifications

    • 681 km altitude
    • Sun synchronous orbit
    • 1.83 x 1.57 m dimensions
    • Sensor bands: Panchromatic, multispectral
    • Sensor resolution
      Panchromatic nadir: 0.80 m
      Multispectral nadir: 3.2 m
    • 10:30 am nodal crossing
    • 11 bits per pixel dynamic range
    • 11.3 km swath at nadir
    • 10 seconds to slew 200 km
    • 51 x 112 km maximum mono collection per pass (5 strips)
    • 11 x 120 km maximum stereo collection per pass (1 pair)
    • Average revisit rate was approximately 3 days
    • 240.000km2 collection capacity per day

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