DigitalGlobe owns and operates the most agile and sophisticated constellation of high-resolution commercial earth imaging satellites. IKONOS, QuickBird, WorldView-1, GeoEye-1, WorldView-2, and WorldView-3 together are capable of collecting over 1 billion km² of quality imagery per year and offering intraday revisits around the globe. Add to that our aerial program offering wall-to-wall coverage of the U.S. and Western Europe.
Introducing WorldView-3, the first multi-payload, super-spectral, high-resolution commercial satellite. Operating at an expected altitude of 617 km, WorldView-3 provides 31 cm panchromatic resolution, 1.24 m multispectral resolution, and 3.7 m short-wave infrared resolution. WorldView-3 has an average revisit time of less than 1 day and is capable of collecting up to 680,000 km² per day, further enhancing the DigitalGlobe collection capacity for more rapid and reliable collection. Launching in 2014, the WorldView-3 system will allow DigitalGlobe to further expand its imagery product offerings.
WorldView-2, launched October 2009, is the first high-resolution 8-band multispectral commercial satellite. Operating at an altitude of 770 kilometers, WorldView-2 provides 46 cm panchromatic resolution and 1.85 meter* multispectral resolution. WorldView-2 has an average revisit time of 1.1 days and is capable of collecting up to 1 million square kilometers of 8-band imagery per day, greatly enhancing the DigitalGlobe multispectral collection capacity for more rapid and reliable collection.
The WorldView-2 system, offering incredible accuracy, agility, capacity and spectral diversity, allows DigitalGlobe to substantially expand its imagery product offerings to both commercial and government customers.
WorldView-1, launched September 2007, is the first of our next-generation satellites—the most agile satellites ever flown commercially. The high-capacity, panchromatic imaging system features half-meter resolution imagery. Operating at an altitude of 496 kilometers, WorldView-1 has an average revisit time of 1.7 days and is capable of collecting over 1.5 million square kilometers per day of half-meter imagery. The satellite is also equipped with state-of-the-art geolocation accuracy capabilities and exhibits stunning agility with rapid targeting and efficient in-track stereo collection.
GeoEye-1 set the standard for sub-half meter high-resolution commercial satellite imagery and offers unprecedented spatial resolution. It creates this accuracy by simultaneously acquiring 0.41-meter panchromatic and 1.65-meter multispectral imagery. The satellite can collect up to 700,000 square kilometers of panchromatic imagery per day (and up to 350,000 square kilometers of pan-sharpened multispectral imagery). And because of GeoEye-1’s detail and geospatial accuracy, it can be used to collect imagery in every commercial and government market sector. Due to U.S. Government licensing, commercial customers will receive .50-meter color imagery.
Imagery from the panchromatic and multispectral sensors can be merged to create 0.82-meter color imagery (pan-sharpened). To date, IKONOS has collected more than 300 million square kilometers of imagery over every continent, and this imagery is being used for national security and military mapping, as well as air and marine transportation. Regional and local governments also rely on images captured by IKONOS. From a 423 mile high orbit, IKONOS has a revisit time of once every three days, and it downlinks directly to more than a dozen ground stations around the world.
The QuickBird satellite is a key part of a constellation of sub-meter spacecraft that DigitalGlobe has developed that offers highly accurate, commercial high-resolution imagery of Earth. DigitalGlobe completed an orbit raise in April of 2011 designed to extend the mission life of the QuickBird sensor. An operational altitude of 482 km was achieved with an expected gradual descent to 450 km by early 2013.
Today, DigitalGlobe’s QuickBird satellite offers sub-meter resolution imagery, high geolocational accuracy, and large on-board data storage.