IKONOS Satellite Sensor (0.82m)
was successfully launched as the first commercially available high resolution satellite sensor on September 24, 1999 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA.
Currently it is only possible to purchase IKONOS archive images.
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The IKONOS Satellite sensor is a high-resolution satellite operated by DigitalGlobe. Its capabilities include capturing a 3.2m multispectral, Near-Infrared (NIR)/0.82m panchromatic resolution at nadir. Its applications include both urban and rural mapping of natural resources and of natural disasters, tax mapping,agriculture and forestry analysis, mining, engineering, construction, and change detection. It can yield relevant data for nearly all aspects of environmental study. IKONOS images have also been used in the media and motion picture industries, providing aerial views and satellite photos for many areas around the world. Its high resolution data makes an integral contribution to homeland security, coastal monitoring and facilitates 3D Digital Terrain Models and Digital Elevation Models.