US: DigitalGlobe has contracted Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. and ITT Corp. to build its next imaging satellite, WorldView-3. The contract is worth USD 300 million. WorldView-3, expected to be launched in 2014, would expand DigitalGlobe’s orbiting constellation to four remote-sensing satellites.
ITT will build the imaging system worth USD 120 million for WorldView-3. Ball’s contract is valued at USD 180.6 million provided it meets deadlines and technology milestones for the satellite. Ball, a unit of Broomfield-based Ball Corp., will provide the BCP 5000 and the spacecraft bus for WorldView-3, integrate the remote-sensing instrument and perform all system testing.
The imaging system of WorldView-3 satellite will be capable of capturing 8-band multispectral high-resolution imagery. “Our business continues to undergo rapid growth as evidenced by recent contract awards,” said Jill Smith, Chairman and CEO, DigitalGlobe. “Coming on the heels of this important win, this is the absolute right time for development of our third next-generation satellite, which will satisfy growing demand from our government and commercial customers alike. WorldView-3 will greatly increase our already industry-leading collection capacity while enabling us to meet the increased market demand for advanced geospatial data.”
Ball and ITT have previously built the trio of DigitalGlobe satellites currently on orbit including QuickBird launched in 2001, WorldView-1 launched in 2007, and WorldView-2 launched in 2009.
Source: DigitalGlobe & BCBR