|Mission Type||Earth observation|
|Contractor||Ball Aerospace & Technologies|
|Launch||October 18, 2001 on a Delta II|
|Launch site||Vandenberg Air Force Base|
|Mission duration||5 years|
|Mass||1018 kg (launch)|
|Semimajor Axis||6828 km|
|Orbital Period||93.4 minutes|
|Visible cameras||60 cm panchromatic 2.4 meter multispectral|
QuickBird is a high-resolution commercial earth observation satellite, owned by DigitalGlobe and launched in 2001 as the first satellite in a constellation of three scheduled to be in orbit by 2008. QuickBird collects the second highest resolution commercial imagery of Earth after WorldView-1, and boasts the largest image size and the greatest on-board storage capacity of any satellite. The satellite collects panchromatic (black & white) imagery at 60-70 centimeter resolution and multispectral imagery at 2.4- and 2.8-meter resolutions.
At this resolution, detail such as buildings and other infrastructure are easily visible. However, this resolution is insufficient for working with smaller objects such as a license plate on a car. The imagery can be imported into remote sensing image processing software, as well as into GIS packages for analysis. The imagery can also be used as a backdrop for mapping applications, such as Google Earth and Google Maps.
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