Press Release

Launch Of Worldview-1 To Be Broadcast Live Over The Internet

By SpaceRef Editor
September 12, 2007
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DigitalGlobe Set For Launch of WorldView-1, the Most Agile Satellite Ever Flown

DigitalGlobe, provider of the world’s highest-resolution commercial satellite imagery and geospatial information products, today announced that the launch of WorldView-1 will be broadcast live over the Internet. To view the live launch, visit: on Tuesday, September 18 at approximately 11:20 AM PDT. The launch is scheduled for 11:35 AM PDT.

“This is an exciting event for not only the companies involved with the launch, but also the growing number of consumers and businesspeople using satellite imagery in their daily lives,” said Jill Smith, CEO of DigitalGlobe. “We’re pleased to share this experience through the live video webcast.” The high-capacity, panchromatic imaging system features half-meter resolution imagery. With an average revisit time of 1.7 days, WorldView-1 will be capable of collecting up to 750,000 square kilometers (290,000 square miles) per day of half-meter imagery. WorldView-1 is the first of two new next-generation satellites DigitalGlobe plans to launch. Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. is scheduled to complete WorldView-2 in late 2008, bringing the total number of satellites DigitalGlobe has in orbit to three and completing a constellation of spacecraft that will offer the highest collection capacity — more than 1 million square kilometers per day — of high-resolution Earth imagery directly to customers around the globe.

About DigitalGlobe

Longmont, Colo.-based DigitalGlobe (
) is the clear leader in the global commercial Earth imagery and geospatial information market. The company’s technical superiority and innovation, unparalleled commitment to customer service, extensive business partner network and open systems philosophy make DigitalGlobe the preferred supplier of imagery products to government and commercial markets. DigitalGlobe is the only geospatial content provider to take an end-to-end approach to geospatial imagery, from acquiring proprietary high-resolution images through a leading-edge satellite and aerial network, to integrating and distributing that data through GlobeXplorer, a proprietary web-based search and retrieval system that makes it easy to find, purchase and download global imagery. DigitalGlobe currently operates the world’s highest-resolution commercial satellite constellation with QuickBird and soon, the first of two next-generation satellites, WorldView-1. The company’s second next-generation satellite, WorldView-2 is anticipated to be ready for launch in late 2008. The company’s updated and growing ImageLibrary contains over three hundred million square kilometers of satellite and aerial imagery suited to countless applications for people who map, view, navigate and study the earth. DigitalGlobe is a registered trademark of DigitalGlobe.

SpaceRef staff editor.