American Journal of Applied Sciences

Very High Resolution Optical Satellites: An Overview of the Most Commonly used

Pasquale Maglione

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2016.91.99

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 13, Issue 1

Pages 91-99


Very High Resolution (VHR) satellite systems are platforms whose sensors acquire high geometric resolution images. Since 1972, when the first satellite was launched (Land sat ERTS), the spatial resolution of the satellite image has increased, making Ground Sample Distance (GSD) reaching 0.30 m at Nadir in panchromatic images. In this paper, after a brief introduction, concepts relative to orbits, types of sensors and resolutions are reported. Geostationary and sun-synchronous orbits are described; difference between push-broom and whisk-broom sensors are reported; the definition of the geometric, the radiometric and the temporal resolutions are listed. In the end, the characteristics of the most common VHR commercial optical satellite are mentioned: IKONOS-2, QuickBird-2, SPOT-5, GeoEye-1, WorldView-2 and WorlView-3 satellites.


© 2016 Pasquale Maglione. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.