QuickBird was a high-resolution commercial earth observation satellite launched in 2001 and decommissioned in January 2015. QuickBird satellite offered sub-meter resolution imagery, high geolocational accuracy, and large on-board data storage. Archive data still available.

The QuickBird satellite offered highly accurate, commercial high-resolution imagery of Earth and its global collection of panchromatic and multispectral imagery was designed to support applications ranging from map publishing to land and asset management to insurance risk assessment.

The orbit raise in April of 2011 was designed to extend the mission life of the QuickBird sensor. An operational altitude of 482 km was achieved with an expected gradual descent to 450 km by early 2014. It ended its mission life on 27 January 2015 when it re-entered the Earth's atmosphere. Archive data is still available from this satellite.


  • mapping and updating of topographic and special maps as well as plans up to the scale of 1:2000;
  • inventory and control of construction of transport infrastructure as well as oil and gas production;
  • forest management, inventory and forest condition assessment;
  • inventory of agricultural land, creation of land-use planning, precision agriculture;
  • update of topographic base for general construction plans for perspective urban development and territory planning schemes of municipalities;
  • inventory and monitoring of transport, energy and communications;
  • acquire high quality satellite imagery for map creation, change detection, and image analysis;
  • geolocate features to create maps in remote areas without the use of ground control points;
  • collect a greater supply of frequently updated global imagery products;
  • extend the range of suitable imaging collection targets and enhance image interpretability.


  Mission Life:

October 18, 2001 - January 27, 2015


Ball Aerospace & Technologies (USA)

 Launch Site:

SLC-2W, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

  Launch vehicle:

Delta II (USA)


 DigitalGlobe (USA)


1088 kg (2400 pounds)



Sun-synchronous, 10:00 am descending node


450 km


93.6 minutes

Spec Mission Life:

13 years 

Imaging mode



  Spectral range, nm

405 - 1053

Blue: 430 – 545

Green: 466 – 620

Red: 590 – 710

Near-IR: 715 – 918

Sensor Resolution (at nadir), m




Dynamic Range, bits per pixe


  Geolocation Accuracy

23 m CE90, 17 m LE90 (without ground control)

  Swath Width, km


  Revisit Frequency
(at 40°N Latitude)

2.5 days at 1 meter GSD*  or less
5.6 days at 20 degrees off-nadir or less

 Capacity, km² per day


Stereo capability


  Data format


* - In remote sensing, ground sample distance (GSD) in a digital photo (such as an orthophoto) of the ground from air or space is the distance between pixel centers measured on the ground. For example, in an image with a one-meter GSD, adjacent pixels image locations are 1 meter apart on the ground. GSD is a measure of one limitation to image resolution, that is, the limitation due to sampling: GSD = (ps*h)/f  where ps - size of pixel, m; h - heigth of imaging, m; f - focal length, m.

ACTION!!! All data taken yesterday is considered archival.

Minimum order of archival data - 25 km2

The minimum width of the zone of interest - 3 km;

The minimum rib`s length of the zone of interest - 3 km.

Order parameters and product options

Standard archive 

(>90 days after imaging)

Panchromatic image (PAN, a single band image generally displayed as shades of gray)

61 centimeters per pixel  16,80
PSM(RGB, 3 bands), MS4 (4 bands), Bundle 4(PAN + MS4) 61 centimeters per pixel  21,00
Prices are specified in conventional unit for 1 (one) square kilometer. Сonventional unit is USD dollar, unless it's not specified.
The payment is made only in the national currency of Ukraine. The cost is calculated on the day of invoicing and may be changed in case of abrupt change of course on the Interbank market.

Updated 04.07.2016