Denver Museum Of Nature & Science To Host WorldView-4 Launch Party


September 14, 2016 – Three Colorado-based companies will celebrate the launch of a high-resolution commercial imaging satellite at a Colorado watch party hosted by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on Friday, September 16. The watch party is open to the public and is included with a general admission ticket.

WorldView-4, built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, is set to launch the WorldView-4 high-resolution imaging satellite for DigitalGlobe, Inc., aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on September 16, 2016. The three companies invite space enthusiasts and media to learn from local experts affiliated with each company and watch a live feed of the WorldView-4 launch, which will take place at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

This launch underscores the instrumental role Colorado plays in the global aerospace industry. At the watch party, representatives from each company involved in the project will discuss their roles in the mission, provide narration during the launch and host a post-launch Q&A session.

The party will also inspire the next generation of engineers and space explorers through hands-on activities aimed at fostering local students’ interests in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

This event will take place in the Space Odyssey exhibit at the Museum.

11:45 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Company Presentations

Moderator: Dr. Steve Lee, Denver Museum of Nature & Science curator of planetary science. Presenters will include Deke Young, Senior Director of Product Management, and Rhiannan Price, Senior Manager of the Global Development Program, at DigitalGlobe, Joe Rickers, Director, Commercial Communications Programs at Lockheed Martin Commercial Space, and Amanda Kuker, Structural Engineer at ULA.

12:20 p.m. – 1 p.m.

WorldView-4 Launch Live Stream

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Audience Q&A with company representatives

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

STEM activity for local youth, coordinated by DigitalGlobe.

This mission will deliver the WorldView-4 satellite into a 617 km, sun-synchronous orbit for DigitalGlobe. The multispectral, high-resolution commercial imaging satellite will provide earth imagery and information about our changing planet.

By leveraging DigitalGlobe’s advanced constellation scheduling system to operate in concert with WorldView-3, WorldView-4 will more than double DigitalGlobe’s coverage of the world’s highest-resolution 30 cm commercial satellite imagery. This industry-leading resolution provides the sharpest view of vital details on the ground.

Once launched, the satellite will orbit earth every 90 minutes, traveling 17,000 miles per hour and capturing as much as 680,000 square kilometers of the Earth’s surface daily (18 terabytes) – the equivalent of the land area of Texas.

Also aboard the launch will be seven U.S. Government-owned CubeSats that will be deployed after separation of the WorldView-4 satellite.

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 configuration rocket will launch the WorldView-4 mission for DigitalGlobe. The Atlas V is provided by Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, the exclusive provider of Atlas V rockets to all non-U.S. government customers.

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