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GeoEye-1 Satellite Imagery

The GeoEye-1 satellite is equipped with some of the most advanced technology ever used in a commercial remote sensing system. The satellite collects images at .46-meter panchromatic (black-and-white) and 1.84-meter multispectral resolution. The satellite can collect up to 500,000 square kilometers of pan- sharpened multispectral imagery per day. This capability is ideal for large-scale mapping projects. GeoEye-1 can revisit any point on Earth once every three days or sooner.

GeoEye-1 Satellite Imagery


  • Very high resolution

  • Industry-leading geolocation accuracy

  • High capacity over a broad range of collection types

  • Direct downlink to customer sites available

  • Frequent visits at high resolution


  • Provides highly detailed imagery for precise map creation, change detection, and in-depth image analysis
    (Note: imagery must be re-sampled to 50 cm for non- US government customers)

  • Geolocate features to less than 5 meters to create maps in remote areas, maximizing the utility of available resources

  • Collects, stores, and downlinks
    a greater supply of frequently updated global imagery products than competitive systems

  • Stereoscopic collection on a single pass ensures image continuity and consistency of quality

Design and specifications

Launch Information

Date: September 6, 2008 Launch vehicle: Delta II Launch site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

Mission Life

Expected >10 years


Spacecraft Size

4186 lbs, 4.34 m in length


Altitude 681 kms

-Type: Sun-synchronous, 10:30 am descending node 

-Period: 98 min

Altitude 770 kms

-Type: Sun-synchronous, 10:30 am descending node 

-Period: 100 min

Sensor Resolution and Spectral Bandwidth

Altitude 681 kms

41 cm GSD at nadir
 Black & White: 450 - 800 nm

 1.65 m GSD at nadir

Altitude 770 kms

 46 cm GSD at nadir

 1.84 m GSD at nadir

Dynamic Range

11-bits per pixel


Swath Width

Altitude 681 kms

- Nominal Swath Width: 15.3 km at nadir

Altitude 770 kms

-Nominal Swath Width: 17.3 km at nadir

Attitude Determination and Control

Type: 3-axis Stabilized
Star tracker/IRU/reaction wheels, GPS

Retargeting Agility 

Altitude 681 kms

-Time to slew 200 km: 20 sec

Altitude 770 kms

-19 sec

Onboard Storage

1 Tbit capacity


Payload Data: X-band 740/150 Mbps AES/DES encryption Housekeeping: X-band 64 kbps AES encryption

Revisit Frequency (at 40°N Latitude)

Altitude 681 kms

-2.6 days at 30° off-nadir

Altitude 770 kms

-2.3 days at 30° off-nadir or less

Metric Accuracy

5 m CE90, 3 m CE90 (measured) 


Altitude 681 kms

-350,000 sq km/day Multi-spectral

Altitude 770 kms

-500,000 sq km/day Multi-spectral

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