QuickBird Satellite Mission Ends - 05/02/2015


European Space Imaging has announced that on Tuesday 27 January, after 13 years of excellent performance, QuickBird approached its end of mission smoothly and re-entered the Earths' atmosphere at 01:59 UTC above the South Atlantic Ocean near southern Brazil.

DigitalGlobe confirms that QuickBird de-orbited successfully. QuickBird was in orbit for more than 13 years, far exceeding its designed mission life. The satellite made over 70,000 trips around the Earth, contributing substantially to DigitalGlobe’s unmatched imagery catalogue and thus the understanding of our changing planet. The company thanks its customers and partners for their support of a very successful mission. Imagery from QuickBird – as well as the rest of the DigitalGlobe constellation – can be still purchased from the imagery catalogue.

European Space Imaging will continue providing Quickbird imagery from its archive as well as taking new collection orders from the sibling satellites in the DigitalGlobe constellation.

Last updated: 27/02/2018