GeoEye-1's unsurpassed panchromatic image resolution of .41 meters (about 16 inches) means we can see an object the size of home plate on a baseball field. Once a panchromatic image is collected by GeoEye-1, it must be resampled to .50-meter resolution according to our current operating license with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) before it can be released commercially.
After a multispectral image is collected at 1.65-meter resolution by GeoEye-1, it may be sharpened using information from the panchromatic mode (pan-sharpened) so that the final image is full-color with .50-meter resolution. These are the clear, accurate images that online maps users most often associate with GeoEye.
Made possible by advanced optics, GeoEye images are available to customers as panchromatic, multispectral and pan-sharpened imagery. Panchromatic images are collected in the broad visual wavelength range, then rendered in black and white to show incredible contrast and detail. Multispectral images are simply full-color photographs, while pan-sharpened images are multispectral photographs that have been sharpened by the panchromatic information collected.
The GeoEye imagery line of products is categorized according to resolution and positional accuracy:
GeoEye also offers imagery-derived products like DEMs, digital surface models (DSMs), large-area mosaics and feature maps.
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.