Longmont, Colorado. August 13, 2014 – DigitalGlobe, a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions, today announced the successful launch of WorldView-3, the company’s sixth and most advanced super-spectral, high-resolution commercial satellite. The mission was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket for Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services.
“The successful launch of WorldView-3 extends DigitalGlobe’s commanding technological lead and will enable us to help our customers see through smoke, peer beneath the ocean’s surface and determine the mineral and moisture content of the earth below, all with unprecedented clarity,” said Jeffrey R. Tarr, Chief Executive Officer of DigitalGlobe. “We’d like to thank our customers, partners, team members and investors for their support in bringing to the world the new capabilities made possible with this success.”
WorldView-3 will collect super-spectral imagery at 0.31 meter resolution, delivering 5 times the clarity of the company’s nearest competitor. It is designed to collect up to 680,000 square kilometers of imagery per day, and sense both the visible spectrum as well as deeper into the infrared spectrum. The satellite will carry an atmospheric instrument called CAVIS (Cloud, Aerosol, water Vapor, Ice, Snow). Built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., CAVIS is designed to monitor the atmosphere and provide correction data to improve satellite imagery when it images Earth objects through haze, soot and dust.
“The unmatched abilities that WorldView-3 brings to our constellation will enable us to provide our customers with information and insight never before possible and advance our efforts to create a living digital inventory of the earth,” said Tarr.
The satellite and atmospheric monitoring instrument called CAVIS were built by Ball Aerospace. Exelis built the integrated, super-spectral payload consisting of a telescope, sensor and shortwave infrared system, making WorldView-3 the first commercial satellite to carry such capabilities. A United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle provided by Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services (LMCLS) delivered the satellite in orbit.