After several months of cooperative development and testing, DigitalGlobe, PCI Geomatics and the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS, Natural Resources Canada) announced support of the QuickBird Rigorous Sensor Model within PCI Geomatics software. This is the first commercial software support of the QuickBird Rigorous Model, developed by Dr. Thierry Toutin at CCRS, which allows the orthorectification of QuickBird Basic Imagery Products with the highest degree of accuracy.
PCI Geomatics announced its support of the QuickBird Rational Polynomial Coefficient (RPC) model earlier this year. The introduction of the QuickBird Rigorous Sensor Model offers PCI Geomatics users a more robust and consistently accurate solution.
DigitalGlobe's QuickBird satellite offers the highest resolution satellite imagery commercially available. Lifted into orbit on Oct. 18, 2001, QuickBird has 61-72cm (2-2.4 ft) panchromatic and 2.44-2.88 (8-9.4 ft) multispectral resolution sensors, depending upon the off-nadir viewing angle (0 to 25 degrees). In addition, QuickBird provides a high revisit frequency of roughly one to three days, depending on the latitude. The sensor has coverage of 16.5 km to 19km in the across-track direction, which is 60 to 90 percent larger than any other commercial, high-resolution sensors.