Worldview-3 Media Kit
Mission and Program Information
The WorldView-3 Satellite for DigitalGlobe is the first multi-payload, super-spectral, high-resolution commercial satellite for advanced earth observations and builds on WorldView -1 and -2 technologies.
WorldView-3 is the fourth Ball-built satellite in the DigitalGlobe® constellation. During its planned seven and a half year life, it will offer the most advanced Earth imagery currently available for commercial applications. Ball Aerospace provided the spacecraft and an atmospheric correction instrument, integrated the remote sensing instrument and tested the entire system.
WorldView-3 will also feature the first atmospheric sounder DigitalGlobe will fly in space. The Ball-built Cloud, Aerosol, Water Vapor, Ice, Snow (CAVIS) instrument will enable WorldView-3 to collect scientific data based on ground reflection by correcting images for atmospheric interference.
Program Manager Profile
The most exciting moment for me is the launch. I’ve always been on the launch side rather than the operational side and the whole “release” process is really compelling. You spend three or four years working on a satellite and then within a few minutes it’s gone. It’s exhilarating.
An early development model of the CAVIS focal plane array.
- WorldView-3 is the first multi-payload, super-spectral, high-resolution commercial satellite for earth observations and advanced geospatial solutions.
- Operating at an expected altitude of 617 km, WorldView-3 collects 31 cm panchromatic resolution, 1.24 m multispectral resolution, 3.7 m short-wave infrared (SWIR) resolution, and 30 m CAVIS resolution.
- Critical to Worldview-3’s resolution performance is the 1.1 m aperture telescope built by Exelis, which allows for a breadth of applications unmatched by smaller, lower-performance satellites.
- Currently, U.S. government restrictions require commercial satellite imagery provided to non-U.S. government customers must be limited to no less than 50 cm panchromatic, 2.0 m multispectral, or 7.5 meter SWIR.
- Ball leveraged expertise from its successes on WorldView -1 and -2, QuickBird, QuikSCAT, ICESat, CloudSat, NPP, and Radarsat to develop WorldView-3.
- Three other satellites in the DigitalGlobe constellation were also built by Ball: WorldView-2 launched successfully October 8, 2009; WorldView-1 launched September 18, 2007 and QuickBird launched October 18, 2001.
- WorldView-3 is expected to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. in mid-August 2014.
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WorldView-3 In the News
May13, 2014:Longmont Times-Call
May13, 2014: NBC 9News
May 13, 2014: CBS4 News
May 13, 2014: Boulder Daily Camera
May 13, 2014: Denver Post