WorldView-1

Worldview

Overview

WorldView-1 spacecraft built by Ball Aerospace for DigitalGlobe provides high resolution imaging capability used for defense and intelligence, disaster relief, civil government mapping, land use planning, and visualization and simulation environments.

Our Role

Ball Aerospace provided its BCP 5000 spacecraft bus, and the WorldView 60 camera for the commercial imaging satellite. Launched Sept. 18, 2007, WorldView-1 is capable of collecting up to 500,000 square kilometers (200,000 sq. mi.) of half-meter imagery per day.

Worldview-1 image of Houston

The first WorldView-1 images were released Oct. 15. This image shows downtown Houston, Texas.

The satellite’s high agility enables rapid revisit of collection areas, while its orbit altitude of 450 kilometers enables unprecedented image resolution of better than 50 cm.

WorldView-1 is equipped with a state-of-the-art geo-location accuracy capability, and incorporates control moment gyros, which enables WorldView-1 to exhibit stunning agility with rapid targeting and efficient in-track stereo collection.

In October 2009, DigitalGlobe launched WorldView-2, a second more capable WorldView satellite to compliment WorldView-1 and QuickBird. The trio of satellites, built by Ball Aerospace offers the best high-resolution imagery data gathering capability available today.

WorldView-1 supports DigitalGlobe’s NextView contract from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and commercial customers around the world.

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The spacecraft bus offers increased resolution and target selection flexibility, and accommodates future optical, scientific and Synthetic Aperture Radar remote sensing payloads. The BCP 5000’s power, stability, agility, and data storage and transmission capability together meet the requirements to deliver comprehensive Earth remote sensing information.

DigitalGlobe previously selected Ball Aerospace to build QuickBird, and the companies have been collaborating on the WorldView-1 satellite since March 2004. WorldView-1 supports DigitalGlobe’s NextView contract from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and commercial customers around the world.

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

K2/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