On 24 September 1999, a new era in satellite remote sensing started with the successful launch of Space Imaging’s IKONOS satellite. IKONOS was the world's first high-resolution commercial satellite to offer 1-metre Earth imagery. DigitalGlobe advises that the IKONOS mission will be ended sometime in 2015.

The IKONOS Satellite was launched in 1999 and is due to be decommissioned in 2015, bringing an end to a 15 plus years of successful service. IKONOS is owned and operated by DigitalGlobe and collects image data down to a pixel resolution of 0.82m.
Onboard sensors can point both along and across track, providing a revisit capability of 1-3 days depending on latitude. The satellite simultaneously captures 0.82 m panchromatic (black & white) and 3.28 m multispectral (colour) digital imagery.
The panchromatic and multispectral datasets are available separately or can be purchased as combined (pan-sharpened) 0.82 m multispectral imagery.

Resolution Panchromatic (B & W) 82 cm (nadir)
Multispectral 3.2 m (nadir)
Nominal Swath Width 11 km at nadir
  • Pan: 445-900 nm
  • Blue: 445-516 nm
  • Green: 506-595 nm
  • Red: 632-698 nm
  • Near IR: 757-853 nm
Archive Availability Possible archive from 1999.
Programmable? No longer available
Minimum area of purchase 25 sq km from archive (5 km x 5 km)

Minimum width 5 km

Minimum segment length 5 km
Stereo available? Yes
Largest Scale 1:2,500
Dynamic Range 11 bits
Applications Telecommunications
Land use and planning
Infrastructure planning
Marine studies
Mapping /Surveying
Civil Engineering
Utility corridor mapping
Natural Resources
Mining and Exploration
Oil and Gas
AgricultureDEM generation
Environmental assessment

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