Ikonos 1 [Lockheed Martin]
Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems, an operating unit of Missiles & Space, has revolutionized the space-based imagery market with the development of the first commercial satellite capable of resolving objects on the ground as small as one meter in diameter. The company is providing a spacecraft, designated IKONOS 1, for Space Imaging, Thornton, CO, which offers high-resolution imagery of the Earth to customers around the world.
These spacecraft utilize the LM-900 satellite bus, a three-axis stabilized platform. The main payload is a digital imaging sensor or 'camera' that responds to tasking requests from ground stations. Altitude and speed give it a wide field of view and the ability to capture large quantities of data very quickly. When combined with imagery from other satellite sources and aerial photography, the LM-900 enables Space Imaging to offer extremely high imagery resolution, image quality, information content, and fast delivery time to its customers.
Ikonos 1 was retired after more than 15 years of service on 31 March 2015 - more than double of the 7 years desgin life time.
|Type / Application:||Earth observation|
|Operator:||Space Imaging → GeoEye|
|Contractors:||Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems|
|Power:||3 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries|
|Lifetime:||7 years (design); 15 years (achieved)|
|Orbit:||678 km × 679 km, 98.2°|
|Ikonos (1)||1999-F01||27.04.1999||Va SLC-6||F||Athena-2|
|Ikonos 1||1999-051A||24.09.1999||Va SLC-6||Athena-2|