CEOS EO HANDBOOK – MISSION SUMMARY - Ikonos-2 -
Full Name Ikonos-2 Status Mission complete
Mission Agencies GeoEye Launch Date 24 Sep 1999
Mission Links mission site EOL Date 31 Mar 2015
EO Portal Info NORAD Catalog # 25919 (TLE)
International Designator 1999-051A
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 98.34 minutes
Orbit Sense Orbit Inclination 98.1 deg
Orbit Altitude 681 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 10:30 Repeat Cycle 14 days
Objectives and Applications Ikonos-2 is an imaging satellite of GeoEye providing high-resolution imagery on a commercial basis. The spacecraft operations of Ikonos-2 are unique among the current commercial imaging satellites in that they allow each international affiliate to operate its own ground station(s). These ground stations are assigned blocks of time on the satellite during which they can directly task Ikonos, and immediately receive the downlinked imagery for which they tasked. In addition to virtually instant data receipt, this allows each affiliate to make the best use of local weather data. However, this capability is only available when the ground station is in contact with Ikonos.
Mission Measurements
CategoryParameterInstrument(s)
AtmosphereCloud type, amount and cloud top temperature PAN
LandAlbedo and reflectance MS, PAN
Vegetation MS, PAN
Multi-purpose imagery (land) MS, PAN
Mission Instruments
MS - Multispectral Imager
PAN - Panchromatic Imager
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