October 10, 2016 – DigitalGlobe is working closely with the U.S. Air Force and United Launch Alliance to identify a new launch date, targeting late October or early November.
The WorldView-4 satellite launch has been delayed due to ongoing efforts to restore and test infrastructure at Vandenberg Air Force Base following last month’s wildfires. The 30th Space Wing has assessing the scope of damage caused by a wild fire that burned more than 12,500 acres on base last month.
The WorldView-4 satellite is safe and secure atop its United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle. The company continues to expect WorldView-4 to begin generating revenue in the first half of 2017.
WorldView-4 is the latest in a series of imaging and data satellites built by Lockheed Martin for DigitalGlobe customers around the world. Once launched, the satellite will more than double DigitalGlobe’s coverage of the world’s highest-resolution 30 cm commercial satellite imagery and increase the rate at which it grows its 16-year library of time-lapse, high-resolution imagery.