Colorado, USA, 7 August 2006: DigitalGlobe announced on August 7 that ITT Corporation has completed and shipped the imaging sensor for the WorldView 1 satellite. The WorldView 1 sensor is now at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. to be integrated into the satellite. With this, DigitalGlobe has completed the majority of the financial milestones against the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s NextView contract, for which the system is being constructed to support imagery delivery.
Jill Smith, President and CEO of DigitalGlobe stated, “The WorldView 1 satellite continues to show steady progress. We are eager to get the WorldView 1 satellite on-orbit in mid-2007 to add capacity on top of the QuickBird imaging satellite, and to meet the growing requirements of government and commercial customers.” WorldView 2 is also anticipated to launch in 2008.
WorldView I, will be the most agile satellite ever flown commercially. The high-capacity, panchromatic imaging system features half-meter resolution imagery. With an average revisit time of 1.7 days and a swath width of 16 kilometers, WorldView I will be capable of collecting up to 500,000 square kilometers (200,000 sq. mi.) per day of half-meter imagery. WorldView I will also be capable of directly downlinking imagery to customer locations. The satellite will be equipped with state-of-the-art geo-location accuracy capability and will exhibit stunning agility with rapid targeting and efficient in-track stereo collection.