Boulder, USA, July 30, 2007: Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has completed assembly and performance testing of WorldView I, the remote sensing satellite built for DigitalGlobe. Ball Aerospace and DigitalGlobe have completed their comprehensive pre-shipment review and the satellite is now being made ready for delivery to California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base for a mid-September launch.
Ball Aerospace built the satellite bus and the WorldView 60 camera for WorldView I, the next-generation commercial remote sensing satellite. The satellite will provide high resolution imaging capability for DigitalGlobe’s customers, including The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and other customers around the world. Once launched, WorldView I will be provide half-meter data which is of higher resolution capability than the QuickBird satellite.
The Control Moment Gyroscopes mounted on the WorldView I spacecraft will afford the flexibility to capture more imagery than ever before. This high spatial resolution, panchromatic imagery is used for civil government mapping, land-use planning, disaster relief, exploration, defense and intelligence, and visualization and simulation environments.
For WorldView II, Ball Aerospace is building a Ball Commercial Platform 5000 spacecraft bus, and will integrate the remote sensing instrument that provides eight bands of multi-spectral for life-like true color imagery and greater spectral applications in the mapping and monitoring markets. WorldView II will be ready for launch in late 2008.