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Quick Bird Images


The QuickBird satellite is the first in a constellation of spacecraft that DigitalGlobe is developing 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.

   Baghdad University / Aljadrea - Iraq QB02
     Resolution  0.6m - 28 September 2008

Today, DigitalGlobe’s QuickBird spacecraft is able to offer sub-meter resolution imagery, high geolocational accuracy, and large on-board data storage.
Moreover, we are able to populate and update our archive at unprecedented speed because QuickBird’s system features allow us to efficiently collect over 75 million square kilometers of imagery data annually.



High resolution

·         61 cm (2 ft) panchromatic at nadir

·         2.4 m (8 ft) multispectral at nadir

Acquire high-quality satellite imagery for map creation, change detection, and image analysis

Great image accuracy

·         Stable platform for precise location measurement

·         3-axis stabilized, star tracker/IRU/reaction wheels, C/A Code GPS

Geolocate features to within 23 meters (75.5 feet) and create maps in remote areas without the use of ground control points

Fast large-area collection

·         16.5 km width imaging swath

·         128 Gbits on-board image storage capacity

Collect a greater supply of frequently updated global imagery products more quickly than competitive systems

High image quality

·         Off-axis unobscured design of QuickBird's telescope

·         Large field-of-view

·         High contrast (MTF)

·         High signal to noise ratio

·         11 bit dynamic range

Extend the range of suitable imaging collection targets and enhance image interpretability because images can be acquired at even the lowest light levels without sacrificing image quality


11 bits


Design and Specifications

Launch Information

Date: October 18, 2001
Launch Window: 1851-1906 GMT (1451-1506 EDT)
Launch Vehicle: Delta II
Launch Site: SLC-2W, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California


Altitude: 450 km, 98 degree, sun-synchronous inclination
Revisit frequency: 2-3 days depending on latitude
Viewing angle: Agile spacecraft - in-track and cross-track pointing
Period: 93.4 minutes

Per Orbit Collection

~128 gigabits (approximately 57 single area images)

Swath Width & Area Size

Nominal swath width: 16.5 kilometers at nadir Accessible ground swath: 544 km centered on the satellite ground track (to ~30° off-nadir) Areas of interest

·         Single Area: 16.5 km x 16.5 km

·         Strip: 16.5 km x 115 km

Metric Accuracy

23 meter circular error, 17 meter linear error (without ground control)

Sensor Resolution & Spectral Bandwidth


·         61 centimeter (2 ft) Ground Sample Distance (GSD) at nadir

·         Black & White: 445 to 900 nanometers


·         2.4 meter (8 ft) GSD at nadir

·         Blue: 450 - 520 nanometers

·         Green: 520 - 600 nanometers

·         Red: 630 - 690 nanometers

·         Near-IR: 760 - 900 nanometers

Dynamic Range

11-bits per pixel


Payload Data

·         320 Mbps X-band


·         X-band from 4, 16 and 256 Kbps

·         2 Kbps S-band uplink

ADCS Approach

3-axis stabilized, star tracker/IRU/reaction wheels, C/A Code GPS

Pointing and Agility

Accuracy: less than 0.5 milliradians absolute per axis
Knowledge: less than 15 microradians per axis
Stability: less than 10 microradians per second

Onboard Storage

128 gigabits capacity


Expected end of life: 2010
2100 pounds, 3.04-meters (10-ft) in length

For more information you can Contact the Distributor in Iraq 


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