• Keeping you in the picture

    Tasking the most advanced satellites


The GeoEye-1 collects images at .41 cm panchromatic (black-and-white) and 1.65 meter multispectral resolution. It is equipped with some of the most advanced technology ever used in a commercial remote sensing system.

The satellite can collect up to 350,000 km² of pan-sharpened multispectral imagery per day. GeoEye-1 can revisit any point on Earth once every three days or sooner.

This capability is ideal for large-scale mapping projects.

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+ Specifications

Design and Specifications
Launch Information

Date: September 6, 2008
Launch vehicle: Delta II
Launch site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, California


Altitude: 681 kilometers
Type: Sun synchronous, 10:30 am descending node
Period: 98 minutes

Mission Life

Expected >10 years

Spacecraft Size, Mass and Power

1898 kg (4186 lbs), 4,3m in length

Sensor Bands
  • Panchromatic: 450 - 800 nm
  • 4 Multispectral

    Blue: 450 - 510 nm
    Green: 510 - 580 nm
    Red: 655- 690 nm
    Near-IR: 780 - 920 nm


Spatial resolution
(GSD=Ground Sample Distance)

Panchromatic: 0.41 m (nadir)
Multispectral: 1.65 m (nadir)

Positional accuracy 5 meter CE90 (specification)
3 meter CE90 (measured)
Off-nadir imaging Up to 60 degrees
Dynamic Range 11-bits per pixel
Swath Width 15.3 kilometers at nadir
Revisit time 2.6 days at 30° off-nadir

350,000 km² per day


+ Features


Very high resolution

Provides highly detailed imagery for precise map creation, change detection, and in-depth image analysis

Industry-leading geolocation accuracy

Geolocate features to less than 5 m and create maps in remote areas, maximizing the utility of available resources

High capacity over a broad range of collection types

Collects, stores, and downlinks a greater supply of frequently updated global imagery products than competitive systems

Direct downlink to customer sites available

Stereoscopic collection on a single pass ensure image continuity and consistency of quality

Frequent visits at high resolution


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