IKONOS is the world's first commerical high resolution satellite and was launched into orbit on September 24, 1999 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California on a Athena II rocket. The 1600-pound ... (720-kilogram) IKONOS was launched into a sun-synchronous, near-polar(98.1degrees), circular low-Earth orbit (423miles) at 11:21:08 a.m. PDT. (2:21:08 p.m. EDT). IKONOS satellite is operated by the Space Imaging Company in Thorton, Colorado.
IKONOS has a panchromatic band with a resolution of 1meter and a multispectural band wit h a resolution of 4meters. The1 meter panchromatic band has a revisit time of 2.9 days and the 4m meter multispectural band has a revisit time of 1.5 days.