WorldView-2 Media Kit

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WorldView-2 Mission & Program Information

WorldView-2 is the most advanced remote sensing satellite ever developed for the commercial market.

Ball Aerospace has provided a Ball Commercial Platform (BCP) 5000 spacecraft bus for WorldView-2, integrated the remote-sensing instrument onto the bus and completed system testing.

WorldView-2 is the fourth satellite built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. for DigitalGlobe and will join QuickBird and WorldView-1 in a constellation of spacecraft that offers the best high-resolution data gathering capability available today. The high spatial resolution, multispectral imagery gathered by Ball Aerospace-built remote sensing satellites is used for civil government mapping, land-use planning, disaster relief, exploration, defense and intelligence, and visualization and simulation environments.

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Program Manager Profile

Jeff Dierks, Program Manager

It’s terrific to know that very time I watch the news and see DigitalGlobe’s logo that I had some responsibility for providing the images that are both valuable and stunning.

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WorldView-2 Quick Facts

  • The WorldView-2 spacecraft is the eighth modified version of the successful Ball Commercial Platform 2000 
  • Ball Aerospace leveraged expertise from its successes on WorldView-1, QuickBird, QuikSCAT, ICESat, CloudSat, NPP, and Radarsat to develop WorldView-2 
  • The first two satellites in the DigitalGlobe constellation were built by Ball Aerospace: QuickBird launched on October 18, 2001 and WorldView-1 launched on September 18, 2007. 
  • WorldView-1 and WorldView-2 are the first commercial satellites with control moment gyroscopes (CMGs). This high-performance technology provides acceleration up to 10X that of other attitude control actuators and improves both maneuvering and targeting capability, while reducing slew time from over 60 seconds to only 9 seconds to cover 300km. This means WorldView-2 will be able to rapidly swing precisely from one target to another, allowing extensive imaging of many targets, as well as stereo, in a single orbital pass 
  • WorldView-2 will provide the only high resolution 8-band multispectral commercial satellite imagery available

 

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Press Releases

August 27, 2009 – Ball Aerospace-built WorldView-2 Satellites Arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base
http://www.ballaerospace.com/page.jsp?page=30&id=350

August 5, 2009 – Ball Aerospace Completes Successful Environmental Testing for WorldView-2 Satellite
http://www.ballaerospace.com/page.jsp?page=30&id=348

February 24, 2009 – DigitaGlobe WorldView-2 Satellite Completes Successful Instrument Integration; Progresses to Environmental Testing
http://www.ballaerospace.com/page.jsp?page=30&id=324

September 2, 2008 – Ball Aerospace Begins Integration of WorldView-2 Imaging Instrument
http://www.ballaerospace.com/page.jsp?page=30&id=305

January 2, 2007 – Ball Aerospace Wins WorldView-2 Contract
http://www.ballaerospace.com/page.jsp?page=30&id=55

Programs

CALIPSO

CloudSat

EPOXI/Deep Impact

GEMS

GEO-TASO

GDPAA

GMI

Guardian

Green Propellant Infusion Mission

HiRISE

Hubble Space Telescope

James Webb Space Telescope

JPSS

F-35/Lightning II

Kepler

Landsat Data Continuity Mission

Mast-Mounted Sight

Mk 20 Camera

MOIRE

OMPS

QuickBird

QuikSCAT

SAM

SBSS

SBUV/2

Seasparrow

Sentinel

Spitzer

STORRM

STP-SIV

Suomi NPP

TEMPO

WISE

WorldView spacecraft series

WorldView-1

WorldView-2

WorldView-3