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Quickbird 2


Designation 26953 / 01047A
Launch date 18 Oct 2001
Country of origin United States
Mission Remote sensing
Perigee/Apogee 482 km sun-synchronous
Inclination 97.2°
Period 93.4 min
Launch vehicle Delta 2 #288

Planned resolution: 61 cm panchromatic, 2.5 m in multispectral mode. Altitude could be upped to 496 km.

US satellite operated by Earth Watch Inc later renamed DigitalGlobe.

End of life

Decay 27 Jan 2015

External resources

sat-index articles

Technical data


Prime contractor Ball aerospace
Platform BPC-2000
Mass at launch 1028 kg
Payload mass 300 kg
Dry mass 995 kg
Dimension 3 x 1.6 x 1.6 m
Solar array 5.2 m
DC power 350 W
Design lifetime 5 years

Body-pointed spacecraft with ± 30° fore-and-aft, and side-to-side pointing capability. Had four 4.4 N hydrazine thrusters

Panchromatic Sensor

Wavebands 450-900 nm
Resolution 0.82 m, image size: 22 km x 22 km (enhanced to 0.61 m?)
Field of regard 704 km

Multispectral Sensor

Wavebands Blue: 450-520 nm
Green: 520-600 nm
Red: 630-690 nm
Near IR: 760-900 nm
Resolution 3.28 m, image size: 22 km x 22 km (enhanced to 2.44 m?)
Field of regard 704 km

Camera provided by Kodak. On-board data storage: 137 Gigabits. Carries 2 GPS receivers.

The uplink and downlink receivers both use NSA-approved encryption/decryption, with an emergency time-out on the uplink decryptor to allow unencrypted access in case of a system failure.
Uplink: S-band (2 kbps), Downlink: X-band (4, 16 or 256 kbps)

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