GeoEye-1 is equipped with the most advanced technology, capabilities and support ever used in a commercial remote sensing system, including sensor-agnostic capabilities that allow us to merge raw data from a range of sensors to create superior, precise imagery products. Here are the basics:
The satellite collects images at .41-meter panchromatic (black and white) and 1.65-meter multispectral resolution. (NOAA requires GeoEye to resample images to .50-meter resolution for commercial use.) At .41 meters (about 16 inches), we can see home plate on a baseball field. Learn more about high-resolution satellite imagery from GeoEye-1 here.
GeoEye-1 offers five-meter geolocation accuracy, which means that customers can map natural and man-made features to within five meters (about sixteen feet) of their actual location on the surface of the Earth. No other commercial imaging system can do this.
It stands two stories high and weighs more than two tons, but GeoEye-1 can rotate and swivel in any direction with unrivaled agility. As it trains its ITT camera on multiple targets during a single orbital pass, it collects an incredible amount of imagery.
GeoEye-1 is a polar orbiting, sun-synchronous satellite that moves with an orbital
velocity of about 7.5 km per second (16,800 miles per hour). Its altitude is 681
kilometers or 423 miles. Each day, it orbits the Earth 15 times, passing over each
area at about 10:30 a.m. local time.
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Because of its altitude, sun-synchronous orbit, field of view and superior resolution, GeoEye-1 can revisit any point on Earth every three days or sooner (depending on the required look angle). It takes 98 minutes to travel from pole to pole.
Every day, the satellite collects up to 700,000 square kilometers (about the size of Texas) in panchromatic mode and up to 350,000 square kilometers (about the size of New Mexico) in multispectral mode. This capability is ideal for large-scale mapping projects.
GeoEye's centralized command and control ground station facility in Herndon, Virginia sends tasking and operating commands to GeoEye-1 and receives encrypted data downlinks. GeoEye operates or leases three other stations in Barrow, Alaska; Tromso, Norway; and Troll, Antarctica. The four ground stations provide the primary data reception needed due to the large volume of imagery that is captured by the satellite. The Thornton, Colorado regional operational facility serves as a back-up ground station for GeoEye-1.
Visit the GeoEye 101 video gallery to see GeoEye-1 in action.
GeoEye owns and operates an extensive constellation of Earth-imaging satellites, mapping aircraft and an international network of ground stations. Visit GeoEye.com to learn more.
Visit GeoEye’s many galleries that include GeoEye-1 and IKONOS satellite images that are newsworthy or highlight interesting natural and man-made features.
GeoEye-1 orbits the Earth, pole to pole, 15 times a day. See how GeoEye brings you closer to home than ever before in our sample and archive galleries, and find new tools for Google Earth users.