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Organization DigitalGlobe
Mission Type Earth observation
Contractor Ball Aerospace & Technologies
Satellite of Earth
Launch October 8, 2009 on a Delta II
Launch site Vandenberg Air Force Base
Mission duration 7.25 years
Mass 2,800 kg (6,200 lb)
Orbital elements
Altitude 770 kilometers
Inclination 97.2 degrees
Orbital Period 100 minutes

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.[1] 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.[2] It takes a new photograph of any place on Earth every 1.1 days.[3]


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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  1. ^ "Worldview-2". Magazine article. Asian Surveying and Mapping. 2009-10-12. Archived from the original on 2009-10-31. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 
  2. ^ "DigitalGlobe Successfully Launches Worldview-1". DigitalGlobe. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  3. ^ Phillips, Nicky; Grubb, Ben; Aston, Heath. "Detection of MH370 debris required a 'human eyeball operation'". Sydney Morning Herald. 

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