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Sensor Description... QuickBird

Background... QuickBird was successfully launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on a Boeing Delta II launch vehicle on October 18th, 2001.
The QuickBird is the first of a constellation of spacecraft that offers highly accurate, commercial high-resolution imagery of Earth. QuickBird’s global collection of panchromatic and multispectral imagery is designed to support applications ranging from map publishing to land and asset management to insurance risk assessment.

Today, QuickBird offers sub-meter resolution imagery, industry leading geolocational accuracy, large on-board storage, and an imaging footprint 2 to 10 times larger than any other commercial high-resolution satellite. QuickBird’s system features also allow for efficient and accurate collection of over 75 million square kilometers of imagery annually.


QuickBird Standard Imagery Products offer customers a variety of options to receive accurate and timely imagery. QuickBird Standard Imagery Products are offered at three processing levels;
  1. Imagery with the least amount of processing (i.e., “raw”), designed for customers desiring to process imagery into a useable form themselves,
  2. Standard Imagery with standard radiometric and geometric correction, and delivered in a map projection, and,
  3. Orthorectified Imagery with standard radiometric, geometric and terrain corrections applied.
QuickBird satellite provides the largest swath width, largest on-board storage, and highest resolution of any currently available or planned commercial satellite. QuickBird is designed to efficiently and accurately image large areas with industry-leading geolocational accuracy. The QuickBird spacecraft is capable of acquiring over 75 million square kilometers of imagery data annually (over three times the size of North America), allowing RADARSAT International to populate and update its archive at unprecedented speed.

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