DigitalGlobe launches WorldView-3 satellite to deliver smartest, most advanced Earth imagery

By: InnovatioNews Friday August 15, 2014 0 comments Tags: Atlas V, Ball Aerospace, CAVIS, DigitalGlobe, Exelis, Jeffrey R. Tarr, Longmont, United Launch


DigitalGlobe logoLONGMONT - DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI), a leading provider of commercial high-resolution Earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions, announced the successful launch of WorldView-3, the company's sixth and most advanced super-spectral, high-resolution commercial satellite.

"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, DigitalGlobe CEO.

DigitalGlobe said WorldView-3 will collect imagery at 0.31 meter resolution, delivering five times the clarity of the company's nearest competitor.

The satellite will also be the first to offer multiple shortwave infrared bands that allow for accurate imaging through haze, fog, dust, smoke and other airborne particulates.

The satellite is also the only one to offer CAVIS, a cloud, aerosol, water vapor, ice and snow atmospheric correction instrument that can monitor the atmosphere and correct data for unprecedented consistency, DigitalGlobe said.

The satellite and CAVIS were built by Ball Aerospace. Exelis built the payload and the satellite was delivered into orbit by a United Launch Atlas V launch vehicle provided by Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services.

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