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Remote Sensing

WorldView-2 satellite provides whole world view


DigitalGlobe, a leading global provider of commercial high-resolution world imagery products and services for defense and intelligence, civil government, and commercial customers, announced that its latest high-resolution satellite, WorldView-2, is expected to achieve full operational capability on January 4, 2010.

Successfully launched on October 8, 2009, WorldView-2 produced the first set of images within eleven days after launch. The satellite is expected to complete its commissioning process by January 4, enabling DigitalGlobe to begin taking orders today for WorldView-2 imagery from its global resellers, partners, and customers.

"We are extremely pleased that WorldView-2 will reach full operational capability as planned, approximately 90 days after the October 8th launch," said Jill Smith, chairman and chief executive officer of DigitalGlobe. "In addition, WorldView-2's eight-band multispectral capabilities will offer industry-leading image quality providing for new and enhanced applications and services such as feature identification and change detection."

WorldView-2 joins DigitalGlobe's existing sub-meter satellites on orbit, QuickBird and WorldView-1, to enable an annual imaging capacity equivalent to three times the earth's land mass. WorldView-2 collects multispectral imagery at 1.8 meter resolution and panchromatic imagery at 0.46 meters. In addition, WorldView-2 is capable of direct tasking and direct downlink to support an even broader base of customers demanding rapid dissemination of satellite imagery.