|Mission type||Earth observation|
|Mission duration||7.25 years|
|Launch mass||2,800 kg (6,200 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||October 8, 2009, 18:51:01UTC|
|Rocket||Delta II 7920-10C|
|Launch site||Vandenberg SLC-2W|
|Contractor||Boeing / ULA|
|Perigee||772 kilometers (480 mi)|
|Apogee||773 kilometers (480 mi)|
|Epoch||January 25, 2015, 04:29:44 UTC|
WorldView-2 is a commercial Earth observation satellite owned by DigitalGlobe. WorldView-2 provides commercially available panchromatic imagery of .46 m resolution, and eight-band multispectral imagery with 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) resolution. It was launched October 8, 2009 to become DigitalGlobe's third satellite in orbit, joining WorldView-1 which was launched in 2007 and QuickBird which was launched in 2001. It takes a new photograph of any place on Earth every 1.1 days.
Ball Aerospace built the spacecraft, which includes an optical telescope that can image objects 18 in (460 mm) in diameter.
WorldView-2 was launched October 8, 2009 from Vandenberg Air Force Base on a Delta II flying in the 7920 configuration. The launch vehicle was provided by the United Launch Alliance and launch services were administered by Boeing.
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- WorldView-1 at Digitalglobe.com
- Launch information at Spaceflightnow.com
- WorldView-2 sensor information at Satimagingcorp.com
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