WorldView-2, the first commercial high-resolution 8-band multi-spectral satellite, scheduled to launch October 6th
LONGMONT, Colo.— July 06, 2009 — DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI), a leading global provider of commercial high-resolution earth imagery products and services, today announced that its WorldView-2 high-resolution 8-band multi-spectral satellite is scheduled to launch on October 6th, 2009 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
The planned launch of WorldView-2, DigitalGlobe’s second next-generation class high-resolution satellite, is expected to nearly double DigitalGlobe's collection capabilities to approximately two million square kilometers per day, enable intra-day revisits to specific geographic areas, and enhance the company's ability to collect up-to-date imagery in those areas of greatest interest to its customers.
The additional capacity and more frequent revisit rate are expected to provide DigitalGlobe’s customers with up-to-date and comprehensive high-resolution satellite imagery products and services. The planned launch of WorldView-2 will make DigitalGlobe the only commercial earth imagery provider with 8-band multi-spectral capability, which has a more robust color palette and enables enhanced analysis of the earth’s surface. The additional multi-spectral band capability of WorldView-2 is expected to enable higher levels of feature identification and extraction, and more accurately reflect the world’s natural color with the potential to benefit many applications, including environmental monitoring, change detection, and defense and intelligence.
Upon launch, WorldView-2 will join DigitalGlobe’s two other high-resolution satellites in orbit, QuickBird and WorldView-1. WorldView-2 is expected to be able to collect imagery at 0.46 meter resolution. Due to NOAA operating license restrictions, all imagery will be re-sampled to 0.50 meter resolution unless the U.S. Government has granted a customer-specific waiver of the restriction.
DigitalGlobe expects images and products from WorldView-2 to be available approximately 90 days following a successful launch. Learn more about WorldView-2 and its expected technical capabilities by visiting http://worldview2.digitalglobe.com/.
Longmont, Colorado-based DigitalGlobe ( http://www.digitalglobe.com) is a leading global provider of commercial high-resolution earth imagery products and services. Sourced from our own advanced satellite constellation, our imagery solutions support a wide variety of uses within defense and intelligence, civil agencies, mapping and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management as well as internet portals and navigation technology.
With our collection sources, comprehensive ImageLibrary (containing more than 660 million square kilometers of earth imagery and imagery products) we offer a range of on- and off-line products and services designed to enable customers to easily access and integrate our imagery into their business operations and applications.