IKONOS

IKONOS is the first very high-resolution (1-meter) civilian sensor providing images comparable to aerial photos. The first Ikonos satellite was lost at launching, but the second one is still operational. The very high resolution allows to visualize buildings, roads or even trees and is therefore very useful for applications such as urban cartography, land use, agriculture or natural disaster management.

altitude: 681 km
inclination: 98.1 degrees
orbit: sun-synchronous polar
orbit period: 98 minutes
revisit time: 1.5-3 days
swath width: 11,3 km – 13,8 km

satellites: IKONOS-1 (27/04/1999 - 27/04/1999)
  IKONOS-2 (24/09/1999 - 31/03/2015)

OSA (Optical Sensor Assembly) Sensor
This very-high-resolution sensor can acquire images in two modes:

Mode
Spectral band
Resolution
Panchromatic 0,49 - 0,90 µm 1 x 1 m

Mode
Band
Spectral band
Resolution
Multispectral 1 0,45 - 0,52 µm 4 x 4 m
  2 0,52 - 0,60 µm 4 x 4 m
  3 0,63 - 0,69 µm 4 x 4 m
  4 0,76 - 0,90 µm 4 x 4 m

Mission website

Access to data :

ESA Earth Online

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