The Ikonos satellite was launched on September 24, 1999 aboard the Athena 2 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base (USA).
Ikonos is the world's first commercial satellite that provided panchromatic imagery with a 0.82 m resolution and multispectral imagery with a 3.2 m resolution. The satellite's orbit altitude is 681 km, and revisit time is three days. The satellite transmitted images directly to over a dozen ground stations located around the world.
Owing to high maneuverability of Ikonos, it was able to capture up to 240,000 km2 per day as well as stereo-pairs from one pass.
It was decommissioned in March 2015. Currently, an archive of panchromatic and multispectral images around the world is available.
|Spectral Range (µm):||0.45–0.90||blue: 0.45–0.52
near infrared: 0.77–0.88
|Spatial Resolution, m:||0.82||3.2|
|Radiometric Resolution:||11 bits / pixel|
|Swath Width:||11.3 km|
|Revisit time (40 ° N):||About 3 days|
|Acquire Stereo-Pair:||Yes, from one pass|
|Data ordering options||Archive (minimum area for order – 25 sq.km|