QuickBird

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Overview & HistoryQuickBird SpecificationsPricing

QuickBird, the world’s second commercial high resolution satellite, was launched by DigitalGlobe on October 18, 2001 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. Until 2007, QuickBird offered industry-leading panchromatic and 4-band multispectral (i.e. blue, green, red and near-infrared) resolution.

In 2011 the orbital height of QuickBird was increased to 482 kilometers (km), and by early 2013 it will have declined to 450 km. This satellite collects an impressive 75 million square km of imagery each year and offers the largest historical archive of high resolution satellite data available. As of December 17, 2014, QuickBird is no longer collecting new data.

Launch Details
  • Launch Date: October 18, 2001, 18:51 UTC
  • Vehicle: Delta II
  • Site: SLC-2W, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA
  • Last Image Collection Date: December 17, 2014
QuickBird Components
  • Dimensions: 3.04-m long, 951 kg
  • Control Systems: 3-axis stabilized (star tracker, inertial reference unit, reaction wheels and GPS)
  • Onboard Storage Capacity: 128 gigabytes
  • Ground Communication Systems:
    • Imagery downlink – 320 Mbits per second, X-band
    • Maintenance – 4, 16 and 256 kilobytes per second (Kbps), X-band; 2 Kbps, S-band uplink
  • Focal Plane:
    • 6 overlapping panchromatic detector chip assemblies (DCAs) – 27,888 individual detectors (27,568 ignoring overlap)
    • 6 overlapping multispectral DCAs – 6,972 individual detectors (8,892 ignoring overlap) per spectral band
  • Optical Sensor Assembly: 8.8-m focal length, 60-cm aperture
Orbit Characteristics
  • Altitude:
    • 450 km (pre-mid 2011, early 2013 and on)
    • 482 km (start mid 2011 with gradual descent)
  • Period: 93.4 minutes
  • Inclination: 97.2°
  • Direction: sun-synchronous circular, north to south (across the lit side of Earth)
  • Equatorial Crossing Time: 10:00 AM local time (approximate; across lit side of Earth)
  • Revisit Frequency: (at 40° lat)
    • 450-km altitude – 2.4 days (< 45° off-nadir); 5.9 days (< 20° off-nadir)
    • 482-km altitude – 2.5 days (< 45° off-nadir); 5.6 days (< 20° off-nadir)
Imaging System
  • Spectral Bands:
    • Panchromatic
    • 4-band multispectral (blue, green, red and NIR)
  • Sensor Resolution:
    • 450-km altitude – 61-cm panchromatic & 2.40-m multispectral (at nadir)
    • 482-km altitude – 65-cm panchromatic & 2.62-m multispectral (at nadir); 73-cm panchromatic & 2.90-m multispectral (at 20° off-nadir)
  • Spectral Band Wavelength Range: (minimum, center, maximum edge; in nm)
    • Panchromatic – 405, 729, 1053
    • Blue – 430, 488, 545
    • Green – 466, 543, 620
    • Red – 590, 650, 710
    • NIR – 715, 817, 918
  • Dynamic Range: 11-bits
Collection Capabilities
  • Footprint Width: (at nadir)
    • 450-km altitude – 16.8 km
    • 482-km altitude – 18.0 km
  • Maximum Collection Geometry:
    • 450-km altitude – 360 km x 16.8 km (long strips only)
    • 482-km altitude – 360 km x 18 km (long strips only)
  • Retargeting Ability: (time to slew 200 km)
    • 450-km altitude – 38 seconds
    • 482-km altitude – 37 seconds
  • Daily Collection Capacity: 200,000 sq km
  • Georeferenced Horizontal Accuracy: 23-m CE90 (global average, dependent on terrain)

Below is the least expensive, color QuickBird data offered. Prices increase for new collections, additional spectral bands and data processing. Note that academic and volume discounts are available.

  • Data Source: archive (greater than 90 days old)
  • Minimum Order Size: 25 sq km (per area & date)
  • Product Type: georeferenced + natural color or 4-band
  • Price Per Sq Km: $17.50 (more detailed pricing can be found here)

For an exact quote, please contact us at sales@apollomapping.com.