USGS EROS Archive - Commercial Satellites - CDP Imagery - QuickBird

Science Center Objects

Collection of licensed commercial QuickBird imagery available to government agencies only.

Back to Commercial Data Purchases (CDP) Imagery

The Commercial Data Purchases (CDP) Imagery Collection contains QuickBird imagery and is archived at the USGS Earth Resources Observation & Science Center (EROS). The CDP supports the Commercial Remote Sensing Space Policy (CRSSP) by providing data to qualified Federal users at no cost. See U.S. Federal User Certification form (.pdf).

Commercial vendor licensing may restrict access to imagery, and license restrictions may vary for each individual image. However, users have the option to request license upgrades for imagery not currently licensed for their Federal agency.  Any use of trade, firm, or product names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


DigitalGlobe's QuickBird satellite was launched October 18, 2001. An orbit raise was completed in April of 2011, to extend the life of the sensor. The current altitude of 482 kilometers allows the satellite to collect panchromatic data at 65-centimeter resolution, and multispectral data at 2.62-meters resolution. The satellite has a 2.5 day revisit time. QuickBird imagery supports applications ranging from map publishing, to land and asset management, to insurance risk assessment. See QuickBird for more details.

Coverage Maps

Coverage Maps indicating the availability of QuickBird-2 products are available for download.

Access Data

Commercial data held in the USGS archives can be downloaded from EarthExplorer (EE) using a valid username and password that allows searching and downloading of commercial data. To gain access to the Commercial datasets on EE, please complete and return the U.S. Federal User Certification form (.pdf) along with your EarthExplorer registered username to

After your request is reviewed, you will be notified when you can search and download commercial data.

EarthExplorer can be used to search, preview, and download Commercial Data Purchases (CDP) Imagery. The collections are located under the Commercial Data category. See the Product Info tab for data access information.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

CDP Imagery - QuickBird Digital Object Identifier (DOI) number: /10.5066/P9539RH2