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Ikonos 2

Also called CRSS 2


Designation 25919 / 99051A
Launch date 24 Sep 1999
Country of origin United States
Mission Remote sensing
Perigee/Apogee 680 km sun-synchronous
Inclination 98.1°
Launch vehicle Athena #6

First commercial high-resolution satellite. Is a duplicate of Ikonos 1
Should remain operational till 2010.

Still operating in 2014 and requested a licence extension through 14 Dec 2017.

End of life

Out of service 31 Mar 2015
Cause Retired

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Technical data


Prime contractor Lockheed Martin
Platform LM-900
Mass at launch 726 kg
Mass in orbit  
Dimension main body: 1.8 x 1.8 x 1.6 m
Solar array 3 panels
Stabilization 3-axis
DC power 1100 W
Design lifetime 7 years

Equipped with a Kodak digital camera. This payload will enable the satellite to collect 1-meter resolution panchromatic (gray-scale) resolution and 4-meter resolution, four-band multispectral (red, green, blue, near infrared) imagery of the Earth.

The camera is comprised of a Kodak-designed and -manufactured focal plane array and a lightweight telescope using a state-of-the-art mirror fabricated with Kodak's advanced ion figuring technology. To speed the downloading of data to Space Imaging EOSAT's ground receiving stations, the original 11-bit data will be compressed using Kodak's proprietary bandwidth compression technology.

X-band downlink at 320 Mbps. 64 Gb onboard storage

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