|Mission Type||Earth observation|
|Contractor||Ball Aerospace & Technologies|
|Launch||September 18, 2007 on a Delta II|
|Launch site||Vandenberg Air Force Base|
|Mission duration||7.25 years|
|Mass||2,500 kg (launch)|
|Semi-major axis||0000 km|
|Orbital Period||94.6 minutes|
|Visible camera||50 cm panchromatic|
WorldView-1 is a commercial earth observation satellite owned by DigitalGlobe. It was launched September 18, 2007, followed later by the WorldView-2 in 2009. First imagery from WorldView-1 was available in October 2007, prior to the six-year anniversary of the launch of QuickBird, DigitalGlobe’s previous satellite.
WorldView-1 was partially financed through an agreement with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Some of the imagery captured by WorldView-1 for the NGA is not available to the general public. However, WorldView-1 freed capacity on DigitalGlobe’s QuickBird satellite to meet the growing commercial demand for multi-spectral geospatial imagery.
WorldView-1, was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies. Ball Aerospace built the spacecraft bus and the camera (instrument) using the off-axis camera design identical to QuickBird with the instrument's focal plane being supplied by ITT Exelis. The camera is a panchromatic imaging system featuring half-meter resolution imagery. With an average revisit time of 1.7 days, WorldView-1 is capable of collecting up to 750,000 square kilometers (290,000 sq mi) per day of half-meter imagery.
- Launch Date: September 18, 2007
- Launch Time: 1835 GMT (2:35 p.m. EDT)
- Launch Vehicle: Delta II
- Launch Site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
- "DigitalGlobe announces Ball building WorldView 2 satellite". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 2007-02-02.
- "DigitalGlobe Successfully Launches Worldview-1". DigitalGlobe.
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