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The IKONOS satellite was the world’s first commercial satellite to collect panchromatic images with 80 cm resolution and multispectral imagery with 3.2 meter resolution. It was decommissioned in March 2015 ending a 15 year mission life.

Imagery from the panchromatic and multispectral sensors could be merged to create 80 cm pan-sharpened color imagery.

IKONOS imagery was used for national security, military mapping, air and marine transportation, and by regional and local governments.

The satellite had a revisit time of once every three days and downlinked directly to more than a dozen ground stations around the globe.

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+ Specifications

Design and Specifications
Launch Information

Date: September 24, 1999
Launch vehicle: Athena 2
Launch site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

Orbit Altitude: 681 kilometers
Type: Sun synchronous, 10:30 am descending node
Mission Life

12+ years, including all consumables and degradables
(e.g. propellant)

Spacecraft Size, Mass and Power

1.83 m × 1.57 m (hexagonal configuration)

Spatial resolution
  • Panchromatic: 450 - 900 nm
  • 4 Multispectral
    Blue: 445 - 516 nm
    Green: 506 - 595 nm
    Red: 632 - 698 nm
    Near-IR: 757 - 853 nm
Sensor Bands
  • Panchromatic: 450 - 900 nm
  • 8 Multispectral:
Positional accuracy 15 meter CE90 (specification)
9 meter CE90 (measured)
Dynamic Range 11-bits per pixel
Swath Width 11.3 kilometers at nadir
Off-nadir imaging

9 meter CE90 (measured)

Revisit Frequency
(at 40°N Latitude)

Approximately 3 days


240,000 km² per day (Pan + MSI)

+ Features


Sub-meter resolution imagery

  • 0.82 m panchromatic at nadir
  • 3.2 m multispectral at nadir
Acquire high quality satellite imagery for map creation, change detection, imagery analysis and more

High geolocational accuracy

  • Stable platform for pecise location measurement

Geolocate features to create maps worldwide

Fast large area collection

  • 11.3 km imaging swath width

Collect a wide range of geospatial information products

High collection capacity

  • Captures up to 240,000 km² per day

Extend the range of suitable imaging collection targets improving decision making

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