was licensed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to collect in addition to the standard Panchromatic and Multispectral bands, eight-band short-wave infrared (SWIR) and 12 CAVIS imagery. The satellite was successfully launched on August 13, 2014. Watch satellite launch.
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WorldView-3 satellite sensor is the first multi-payload, super-spectral, high-resolution commercial satellite sensor operating at an altitude of 617 km. WorldView-3 provides 31 cm panchromatic resolution, 1.24 m multispectral resolution, 3.7 m short wave infrared resolution and 30 m CAVIS resolution. WorldView-3 has an average revisit time of <1 day and is capable of collecting up to 680,000 km2 per day.
WorldView-3 bears a strong resemblance to WorldView-2 launched on October 8, 2009 in terms of its performance characteristics. The WorldView-3 satellite sensor will benefit from significant improvements including cost savings, risk reduction, and faster delivery for its customers.
United Launch Alliance (ULA) conducted a commercial Atlas V launch on Wednesday August 13, 2014 on behalf of Lockheed Martin, orbiting DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 Satellite sensor. The launch, which marked the first commercial Atlas mission to fly out of Vandenberg, occurred after a trouble-free countdown at 11:30 local time (18:30 UTC).