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That's a really impressive satellite performance, IF indeed the contextual info is correct. 48.5 degrees off nadir is VERY off angle for a satellite. Heck, some data about Worldview-1 satellite mentions the limit for off nadir imaging is 30 degrees, so this would be well off anyway. And usual resolution for said satellite at nadir is 0.46 to 0.5 meters.

But given the number of pixels visible per axis in this image - i am getting resolution of 0.46 m in this very image. So 0.46 m at 48 degree angle. If true, it'd suggest resolution at nadir of some 0.34 meters.

That's extremely good result for a commercial imaging satellite launched in 2007!


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Sorry for the off topic, but a quick question about satellite imagery resolution. I remember hearing claims that military recon satellites can read license plates and even determine the number of paint layers on a vehicle from space. This always sounded like BS fanboi dreams to me. From what I later read, the best current commercial satellites have a resolution of 30 cm and the best military satellites are about 10 cm. Neither of which is good enough to read a license plate, nevermind paint layers (unless that's done using sensors operating in a different band of the EO spectrum). My question is do those aforementioned claims have any basis in reality?