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Organization DigitalGlobe
Mission Type Earth observation
Contractor Ball Aerospace & Technologies
Satellite of Earth
Launch September 18, 2007 on a Delta II
Launch site Vandenberg Air Force Base
Mission duration 7.25 years
Mass 2,500 kg (launch)
Webpage [1]
Orbital elements
Semi-major axis 0000 km
Inclination 97.2 degrees
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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[2]


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.[2]


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