ARTIST RENDERING OF QUICKBIRD [DECOMMISSIONED]

QuickBird  [DECOMMISSIONED]

MISSION SUCCESS: A LEGACY OF QUALITY

 

QuickBird was a high-resolution commercial earth observation satellite launched in 2001. It offered sub-meter resolution imagery, high geolocational accuracy, and large on-board data storage. QuickBird’s orbit was raised in 2011 to extend the mission, and it re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere  on 27 January 2015, ending its life. Archive imagery from this satellite is available in our image library.
7

years of onboard fuel

55

cm maximum resolution

2001

year launched

2015

year decommissioned

  • Design and Specifications

    • 400-450 km altitude (varied throughout life)
    • Sun synchronous orbit
    • Orbited Earth every 94.2 minutes
    • 7 years of fuel onboard at launch
    • 3.04 m in length | 1,089 kg mass
    • Sensor bands
      Panchromatic: 405 – 1053 nm
      Blue: 430 – 545 nm
      Green: 466 – 620 nm
      Red: 590- 710 nm
      Near infrared: 715 – 918 nm
    • Sensor resolution
      Panchromatic nadir: 0.55 m
      Multispectral nadir: 2.16 m
    • 11 bits per pixel dynamic range
    • 14.9 km swath at nadir
    • 3-axis stabilized
    • Sensors include star trackers, GPS, reaction wheels, and an inertial reference unit (IRU)
    • 37 seconds to slew 200 km
    • 128 Gb storage capacity
    • 320mbps communications speed
    • Average revisit rate at 30° off-nadir was between 2 and 12 days
    • 23 m CE90 accuracy, 17 m LE90 (without ground control points)
    • 200,000 km2 collection capacity per day

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