DigitalGlobe’s QuickBird satellite continues to offer sub-meter resolution imagery with high geolocational accuracy. With global collection of panchromatic and multispectral imagery, QuickBird is designed to support a wide range of geospatial applications.

Doha, Qatar, May 2013. QuickBird satellite ©DigitalGlobe
Rybinsk, Russia, 2009. QuickBird satellite ©DigitalGlobe
Diavik diamond mine, Canada, August 2014. QuickBird satellite ©DigitalGlobe

Spacecraft design and mission details






Ball Aerospace, Kodak, Fokker Space, DigitalGlobe



Launch vehicle

Delta II

Launch date

18 October 2001

Launch site

Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

Date of deactivation

27 January 2015

Orbit: Type
Altitude, km
Inclination, deg.


Mission duration, years


Revisit frequency, days

At 40°N latitude: revisit time may vary from 2 to 12 days depending on target location as the orbit decays.

Spacecraft dimensions, m

3,0 × 1,8

Power, W


Mass, kg



Sensor bands Panchromatic: 405–1053 nm
Blue: 430–545 nm
Green: 466–620 nm
Red: 590–710 nm
Near-IR: 715–918 nm
Dynamic range, bits per pixel 11
Sensor resolution (at nadir), m PAN: 61 cm GSD
MS: 2,44 m GSD
Swath width, km 16,5
Attitude determination and control Type: 3-axis Stabilized
Actuators: Control Moment Gyros (CMGs)
Sensors: Star trackers, precision IRU, reaction wheels, GPS
Horizontal accuracy (CE90%) 23 m (without ground control)
Retargeting agility Time to Slew 200 km: 37 sec
Onboard storage 128 Gb


Basic – Basic products are designed for customers with advanced image processing capabilities. These imagery products, when combined with supplied attitude, ephemeris, and camera model information, are suitable for advanced photogrammetric processing (for example, orthorectification). Each unique image in a Basic Product is processed individually; seamlines will be visible in products requiring multiple images to cover the area of interest. Basic products are available in Panchromatic, Multispectral, and as a Bundle. The pansharpening option is not available with a Basic Product.

Standard – Standard Imagery products are suitable for users requiring modest absolute accuracy and/or large area coverage. Users of Standard Imagery products usually possess enough image processing tools and knowledge to manipulate and exploit the imagery for a wide variety of applications.

Orthorectified – Ortho Ready Standard Stereo Imagery products are suitable for customers with a high level of image expertise and software that is capable of ingesting, processing and/or displaying stereo imagery. They are typically used to create Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) or for 3D feature extraction. Customers ordering stereo products who require a small area of interest (AOI) should order the Ortho Ready Standard Stereo Product while customers requiring large area coverage should opt for the Basic Stereo Product.

CitySphere – CitySphere products are orthorectified images in natural colours with >60 m resolution, that display 300 cities worldwide. All city images have geo-reference, topographic accuracy, high resolution. This fact makes CitySphere images an ideal database for GIS-projects, navigation systems, mobile LBS-devices. The data is represented as a mosaic of different scale – 1:4800, 1:12000 or 1:50000.

Basic Stereo Pair – Basic Stereo Pair Imagery products are suitable for customers with a high level of image expertise and who have software that is capable of ingesting, processing, and/or displaying stereo imagery. Basic Stereo Pair Imagery products are typically used to create Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) or for three-dimensional feature extraction. Basic Stereo Pair Imagery products are comprised of one or more pairs of Basic Images with 100% overlap over the customer’s Area of Interest (AOI). Stereo mates are collected on the same satellite orbit and with specific look angles in order to attain imagery appropriate for stereo viewing. Basic Stereo Imagery is available in Panchromatic, 4-band Multispectral, or Pan + 4-band Multispectral Products.

Product Basic Standard Orthorectified CitySphere Basic Stereo
Radiometric correction Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Geometric correction Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Georeferencing Yes Yes - - -
Orthorectification - - Yes Yes -

Horizontal accuracy (CE90%), m

23 23




Vertical accuracy (LE90%), m

- - - -


Spectral bands Panchromatic, multispectral (4 bands) or Bundle (PAN+4 bands); Natural colours: Infra-red; Synthesized (PAN+4 bands)
Minimum order size, km2 230 25 100 -


Maximum order size, km2 10000
Delivery formats GeoTIFF 1.0, NITF 2.1 or NITF2.0


  • Creation and update of maps and plans;
  • Creation of DTMs;
  • Engineering survey for construction works of oil and gas facilities;
  • Inventory of forests and forest management;
  • Monitoring of the crops’ state, yield forecasting;
  • Creation of maps for urban planning purposes;
  • Emergency monitoring;
  • Researches.
For cost calculation of the QuickBird imagery for your area of interest, send technical description of your proposal to: For consultations contact by the phone: +7 495 245-04-24
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