DigitalGlobe today revealed the first images from WorldView-1, the highest resolution, most agile commercial satellite ever flown. WorldView-1 was successfully launched on September 18 from Vandenberg Air Force Base and is expected to be fully operational and delivering imagery products by the end of the year if not sooner.WorldView-1’s first images include half-meter snapshots from: Houston, Texas, USA acquired October 2, 2007 Yokohama, Japan acquired October 5, 2007 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia acquired October 5, 2007.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
WorldView-1 is part of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agencys (NGA) NextView program, and was partially financed through an agreement with the NGA. The majority of the imagery captured by WorldView-1 for the NGA will also be available for distribution through DigitalGlobes Image Library. Additionally, WorldView-1 immediately frees capacity on DigitalGlobes QuickBird to meet the growing commercial demand for multi-spectral geospatial imagery.
Frequent revisits increase image collection opportunities, enhance change detection applications and enable accurate map updates. The satellite is capable of collecting, storing and downlinking more frequently updated global imagery products than any other commercial imaging satellite in orbit, allowing for expedited image capture, processing and delivery to customers where speed is a driving factor. WorldView-1 is equipped with state-of-the-art geo-location accuracy capability and exhibits unprecedented agility with rapid targeting and efficient in-track stereo collection.
WorldView-1 is expected to be in operation for about seven years, it is the first of two advanced remote sensing satellites that DigitalGlobe plans to launch. DigitalGlobe has said its sister satellite WorldView-2 will be launched late next year.