Press Release

DigitalGlobe Unveils Plans for Next-Generation Spacecraft Constellation – Agile, High-Flying WorldView Imaging System Offers Unprecedented Resolution

By SpaceRef Editor
March 25, 2004
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DigitalGlobe(R) today unveiled
details of the company’s next-generation imaging satellite, WorldView. The new
satellite, set to launch no later than 2006, will be the world’s highest
resolution commercial imaging satellite with better agility, accuracy and
collection capacity than any other known commercial system. The WorldView
imaging system will allow DigitalGlobe to substantially expand its imagery
product offerings to both commercial and government customers worldwide.

Once launched, WorldView will be the world’s only half-meter resolution
commercial imaging satellite, capable of collecting images with 50-centimeter
panchromatic resolution and 2.0-meter multispectral resolution. Added spectral
diversity will provide the ability to perform precise change detection and
mapping. WorldView will incorporate the industry standard four multispectral
bands (red, blue, green, near-infrared) and will also include four new bands
(coastal, yellow, red edge, and near-infrared 2).

When combined with DigitalGlobe’s existing QuickBird satellite, the
company’s imaging constellation will be capable of collecting more than
4.5 times the imagery of any current commercial imaging system. By late 2006,
WorldView alone will be capable of collecting up to 500,000 square kilometers
(200,000 sq. mi.) per day of half-meter imagery. The satellite will also be
equipped with state-of-the-art geo-location accuracy capability and will
exhibit stunning agility with rapid targeting and efficient in-track stereo

WorldView’s higher orbit of nearly 800 kilometers will allow the satellite
to revisit collection areas more frequently, letting customers repeat their
image acquisitions about once a day. Other impressive capabilities of the
WorldView system include more efficient image processing systems and
multi-satellite collection planning, shorter tasking timelines, and an
expanded network of remote ground terminals.

“WorldView will help DigitalGlobe respond to our customers’ clearly
articulated need for an expanded source of geospatial information products,”
said Herb Satterlee, chairman and CEO of DigitalGlobe. “We thank our talented
and capable team of GIS and aerospace partners for making the WorldView system
a reality,” he added.

DigitalGlobe’s roster of WorldView engineering and co-production partners

  • AERO-METRIC – Co-Production and Data Provider
  • BAE SYSTEMS – Production Segment Integrator and Co-Production Lead
  • Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. – Spacecraft Developer and Integrator
  • Boeing Launch Services – Launch Services Provider
  • Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems – Engineering Service Provider and Co-Production
  • EarthData International – Co-Production and Data Provider
  • Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. – Co-Production
  • Harris Corporation – Satellite Command and Control System, Production Segment Developer, and Co-Production
  • IBM – Computing Hardware, Engineering Services, and ERP System Integrator
  • InSequence – Systems Engineering Services
  • IONIC – GIS Software and Engineering Support
  • MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. – Production Segment Developer
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Lab – Orbit Determination Tools and Support
  • Observera – Planning Services for Calibrations
  • PRA – Spectral Algorithms and Engineering Services
  • RT Logic – Satellite Interfaces and Control
  • SAP – Collaborative Business Solutions Provider
  • ViaSat – Ground Antennas

About DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe is an Earth imagery and information company in Longmont,
Colo., USA. With the 2001 launch of its QuickBird satellite, DigitalGlobe has
established a market leadership position. The company offers the world’s
highest resolution commercial satellite imagery, the largest image size and
the greatest on-board storage capacity of any satellite imagery provider.
DigitalGlobe’s ImageLibrary houses the most comprehensive, up-to-date images
available. Since January 2002, QuickBird has collected and stored in its
ImageLibrary more than 200,000 scenes of imagery covering more than 78 million
square kilometers of the Earth, and collects an additional one million square
kilometers each week. The competition has no plans to launch a comparable
commercial satellite until at least 2007. The superior technical capabilities
of DigitalGlobe’s WorldView system, scheduled for launch in 2006, will lead
the industry into the next generation of commercial imaging. DigitalGlobe
distinguishes itself through its commitment to excellent customer service,
relationships with business partners and open-systems philosophy. More
information can be found at

DigitalGlobe is a registered trademark of DigitalGlobe.

SpaceRef staff editor.