Ball Aerospace built WorldView-2, a remote sensing satellite, for DigitalGlobe®. WorldView-2 is DigitalGlobe’s third satellite in a constellation of spacecraft that offers the highest-resolution commercial satellite imagery of Earth.
This high spatial resolution, multispectral satellite imagery is used for civil government mapping, land-use planning, disaster relief, exploration, defense and intelligence, and visualization and simulation environments.
During its planned eight-year mission, WorldView-2 will provide unparalleled aerial and space images.
Ball Aerospace provided its Ball Commercial Platform (BCP) 5000 spacecraft bus for WorldView-2 and integrated the remote sensing instrument onto the bus. Ball Aerospace was also responsible for testing the entire system. WorldView-2 launched on Oct. 8, 2009.
The BCP 5000 accommodates next-generation optical and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) remote sensing payloads, and is designed to be a flexible, stable, and highly accurate Earth remote sensing platform.
The advanced Control Moment Gyroscopes (CMGs) provided by Ball Aerospace for WorldView-2 – and previously for DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-1 – afford the satellites the flexibility to capture more imagery than ever before.
In addition, Ball Aerospace’s inventive engineers have equipped a new instrument vibration isolation system on WorldView-2 to control jitter induced by the spacecraft. WorldVew-2 has the ability for direct tasking, which will allow select DigitalGlobe customers around the world to load imaging profiles directly up to the spacecraft and execute delivery of the data directly down to their own ground stations.
On the cutting edge of technology innovation, Ball Aerospace applies some of the capabilities of classified spacecraft systems to its commercial imagery projects like WorldView-2, resulting in cost savings, risk reduction, and faster delivery for its customers.
The WorldView-2 project builds upon Ball Aerospace’s 16 years-plus of successful on-orbit mission performance.
Working hand-in-hand with DigitalGlobe since the mid 90s, Ball Aerospace has supplied DigitalGlobe with the QuickBird satellite (launched in October 2001 and still on orbit today) and the WorldView-1 satellite, which launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Sept. 18, 2007.
Ball Aerospace has been a key partner in meeting the increased demand for Earth imaging collection, and with WorldView-2’s ability to provide 8-band multispectral pictures at resolutions as sharp as 1.8 meters and panchromatic at half-meter, the aerospace company will further enhance its contributions to the geospatial information market.