Longmont, USA, September 18, 2007: DigitalGlobe, provider high-resolution commercial satellite imagery and geospatial information products, announced the successful launch and deployment of WorldView-1 satellite. The satellite was launched at approximately 11:35 AM PDT on a Boeing Delta II 7920 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, USA. The launch of WorldView-1 also marks 75 consecutive successful launches of a Delta II rocket and the second successful commercial launch for Boeing Launch Services in 2007.
Shortly after the launch, a DigitalGlobe ground station received a downlink signal confirming that the satellite successfully separated from its launch vehicle and had automatically initialized its onboard processors. WorldView-1 is currently undergoing a calibration and check-out period and will deliver imagery soon after. First imagery from WorldView-1 is expected to be available prior to October 18, the six-year anniversary of the launch of QuickBird, DigitalGlobe’s current satellite.
“The successful launch of WorldView-1 represents the hard work of hundreds of DigitalGlobe employees, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation, ITT Corporation and dozens of partner organizations,” said Jill Smith, chief executive officer of DigitalGlobe. “The addition of WorldView-1 to our growing constellation of satellites is a testament of our commitment to our customers. We look forward to supplying the growing market with an unprecedented offering of high-resolution geospatial products.”
WorldView-1 is part of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) NextView program, and was partially financed through an agreement with the NGA. The majority of the imagery captured by WorldView-1 for the NGA will also be available for distribution through DigitalGlobe’s ImageLibrary.
“We are excited about and eagerly await delivery of the first new imagery,” said NGA Director Vice Adm. Robert B. Murrett. “With the improved resolution, agility and capacity of the WorldView-1 satellite, we anticipate increasing the use of commercial imagery to satisfy our geospatial production requirements.”
For those who missed the live webcast showing the launch of WorldView-1, watch here:Boeing Launch Webcast Replay