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SkySat-1 Satellite Sensor (0.9m)

SkySat-1 is a commercial earth observation satellite by Skybox Imaging and licensed to collect high resolution panchromatic and multispectral images of the earth. The satellites operate in a polar inclined, circular orbit at approximately 450 km above the earth.

SkySat-1 is a high performance satellite producing sub-meter resolution imagery and high-definition video and is the smallest satellite ever flown that is capable of capturing imagery at better than 1 meter resolution.

SkySat-1 captures up to 90-second video clips at 30 frames per second. The resolution is high enough to view objects like shipping containers that impact the global economy while maintaining a level of clarity that does not determine human activity.

SkySat-1 also captures some of the highest quality color imagery of any commercial satellite and is capable of sub-meter natural color and near-infrared imagery.

The satellite was launched on November 21, 2013 from Yasny, Russia aboard a Dnepr rocket. The second identical satellite SkySat-2 satellite was launched as a secondary payload on a Soyuz-2-1b Fregat-M July 8, 2014.

SkySat-1 Satellite Sensor Specifications

Satellite Operator SkyBox Imaging, USA
Launch Date November 21, 2013
Launch Vehicle Dnepr-1
Manufacturer SkyBox Imaging, USA
Orbit height 450 km
State Standby
Satellite Info Images are delivered with panchromatic, multispectral and pansharpened data. Videos are full motion black and white 30 frames per second, duration up to 90 seconds, field of view 2 km by 1.1 km, resolution 1.1 m.



Data Type Optical
Sensor Type Multispectral
Resolution (m) 2.0
No. of Bands 4
Scene Width 8
Programmable Yes
Stereo No
Spectral Bands Band Width [m] Band width to [m] Maximal resolution [m]
Blue 0.450 0.515 2.0
Green 0.515 0.595 2.0
Red 0.605 0.695 2.0
Near Infra-Red 0.740 0.900 2.0



Data Type Optical
Sensor Type Panchromatic
Resolution (m) 0.9
No. of Bands 1
Scene Width 8
Programmable Yes
Stereo No
Spectral Bands Band Width [m] Band width to [m] Maximal resolution [m]
PAN 0.4 0.9 0.9
Data Type Optical
Sensor Type Panchromatic
Resolution (m) 1.1
No. of Bands 1
Scene Width 2
Programmable Yes
Stereo No
Spectral Bands Code Maximal resolution [m]
Video PAN 1.1

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