SWIR Imagery

Reveal the unseen

See beyond what’s visible to the naked eye with short-wave infrared (SWIR) imagery. The WorldView-3 satellite’s SWIR sensor goes deeper into the infrared spectrum than any other very high-resolution commercial imaging satellite to help remote sensing experts unlock critical information through advanced analytic capabilities. Eight bands of short-wave infrared imagery at 7.5 m resolution creates rich data for categorizing man-made and natural material, penetrating smoke, detecting fire, mapping minerals, and more.

Reveal the unseen

See beyond what’s visible to the naked eye with short-wave infrared (SWIR) imagery. The WorldView-3 satellite’s SWIR sensor goes deeper into the infrared spectrum than any other very high-resolution commercial imaging satellite to help remote sensing experts unlock critical information through advanced analytic capabilities. Eight bands of short-wave infrared imagery at 7.5 m resolution creates rich data for categorizing man-made and natural material, penetrating smoke, detecting fire, mapping minerals, and more.

Delve deep into the unseen world of the infrared

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See how SWIR imagery allows you to unlock hidden insights.

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Highest resolution SWIR data

At 7.5 m resolution, DigitalGlobe SWIR imagery provides 16 times the spatial information content compared to SWIR data available from ASTER and Landsat 8 satellites. Higher resolution equals better context, more pure spectra, and higher confidence for interpretation and decision-making using satellite imagery.

Most valuable SWIR wavelengths

With 165 unique SWIR band combinations targeted at identifying material signatures, and nearly eight times that when adding other sensors, WorldView-3 SWIR imagery features spectral signatures that lead to solutions to a growing set of real-world problems.

Most valuable SWIR wavelengths

Use the map to explore SWIR coverage across the globe.

Large and growing archive available immediately

WorldView-3 can collect up to 6,000 strips or four million sq km per month and is continuously acquiring new SWIR data over high-interest areas, so you get the information you need. Our content plan collects SWIR data over regions that are typically hard to collect with aerial sensors, and there are already tens of millions of sq km of SWIR in our ImageLibrary.

Identify man-made or geologic material

Locate and classify man-made materials (metals, plastics, paints, fiberglass, asphalt, oil and various chemicals) and geologic minerals (clays, alteration, iron oxides, carbonates, and others) on the Earth’s surface. Material identification at this resolution enables high-confidence decision-making with information not available from any other satellite imaging company.

Identify man-made or geologic material

Use the slider to reveal moisture content in the soil.

Locate moisture on the surface

Identify water bodies, analyze crop health and assess transportation logistics with SWIR combinations that highlight soil moisture content.

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See through smoke and haze

Get a clear view of the ground with SWIR wavelengths that penetrate smoke and haze, so you can make decisions with confidence in heat-of-the-moment situations.

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Detect heat

Identify wildfire hotspots on the ground during a fire, monitor geological events like a volcanic eruptions, and identify of heat produced by factory machinery or other man-made activities by detecting high-heat thermal emissions with SWIR imagery.

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