Longmont, Colo., January 3, 2008 – DigitalGlobe, provider of the world’s highest-resolution commercial satellite imagery and geospatial information products, today announced that WorldView-1 has reached Full Operating Capability (FOC) for all customers. The general availability of WorldView-1 imagery marks the final milestone for the satellite which launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on September 18, 2007, delivered its first sample set of high-resolution images on October 15 and began supplying imagery to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) on November 26.
“Following a successful roll-out with the NGA as part of the NextView program, DigitalGlobe is now taking orders for WorldView-1 imagery from its global resellers, partners and customers,” said Jill Smith, chief executive officer of DigitalGlobe. “General availability of WorldView-1 imagery allows us to more aggressively serve the growing global demand for accurate, high-resolution satellite imagery and geospatial information.”
WorldView-1, with its superior increase in capability and capacity, and QuickBird, DigitalGlobe’s other high-resolution satellite, together operate as the world’s highest-resolution commercial satellite constellation. The two satellites are collecting up to 900,000 square kilometers of new imagery per day, an unprecedented level that will enable faster turn-around on collection and rapid updating of DigitalGlobe’s ImageLibrary. DigitalGlobe has the largest, most current collection of relevant spatial information, with over 350 million square kilometers currently available in the ImageLibrary. Almost all imagery collected is made available to its customers online. DigitalGlobe’s own high resolution satellite collection and archive is complemented with significant aerial collection, and third party content and data to provide the most complete, easy to use and integrate content solutions for its customers. DigitalGlobe’s ImageLibrary: http://browse.digitalglobe.com/imagefinder/