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|Mission Type||Earth observation|
|Contractor||Ball Aerospace & Technologies|
|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 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. 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.
Design and construction
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.
DigitalGlobe expects commercial imagery will be available about 90 days after launch.
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