September 16, 2007

Save the date (and time) DigitalGlobe WorldView I satellite launch - watch it from your PC

Do you like the imagery in Google Earth right now... wait till next year once WorldView I is operational and the data is being streamed to users. Heads-up, the DigitalGlobe WorldView I satellite launch is coming up this Tuesday... recall WorldView will provide high-res imagery as fine as .5 m resolution... actually much finer resolution data will be available to government clients who funded the project, the .5 m resolution imagery will likely be available for sale as a commercial product. About the launch... The WorldView-1 satellite is scheduled to launch on Tuesday, September 18, 2007, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. WorldView-1 is the first of two new next-generation satellites planned by DigitalGlobe. WorldView II will launch some time next year. To view the launch see the following link on Tuesday

Some specs and details about the DigitalGlobe Satellites:
- in 2007 the company is collecting 600,000 km/2 per day
- in 2007 once WV 2 is up more than 1,000,000 km/2 per day will be collected

WorldView 1 Specs:
- operating altitude - 496 km
- weight - 2500 kg
- spectral - panchromatic
- pn res. .5 m (50 cm)
- swath 17.5 km
- avg revisit at 40 deg. north lat - 1.7 days
- onboard storage 2199 Gbits

See also DigitalGlobe for more info

Image Source: DigitalGlobe

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