August 13, 2007

DigitalGlobe's WorldView 1 Satellite to lift off Tuesday, September 18, 2007

DigtalGlobe has delivered their latest satellite to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California for its scheduled launch on Tuesday, September 18, 2007. Some specs on World View 1:
Highest resolution available commercially
 50 cm panchromatic at nadir
55 cm out to 20° off-nadir
Altitude: 496 kilometers
Type: Sun synchronous, 10:30 am descending node
Period: 94.6 minutes
Mission Life
7.25 years, including all consumables and degradables
(e.g. propellant)
Spacecraft Size, Mass & Power
3.6 meters (12 feet) tall x 2.5 meters (8 feet) across,
7.1 meters (23 feet) across the deployed solar arrays
2500 kilograms (5500 pounds)
3.2 kW solar array, 100 Ahr battery
Sensor Bands
Sensor Resolution
(GSD = Ground Sample Distance)
0.50 meters GSD at nadir
0.55 meters GSD at 20° off-nadir
(note that imagery must be re-sampled to 0.5 meters for non-US Government customers)
See for mroe info - FYI, World View 2 is tentatively scheduled for a launch sometime in 2008.

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