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Mission type Earth observation
Operator DigitalGlobe
COSPAR ID 2009-055A
SATCAT № 35946
Website DigitalGlobe WorldView-2
Mission duration 7.25 years
Spacecraft properties
Manufacturer Ball Aerospace
Launch mass 2,800 kg (6,200 lb)
Power 3200 watts
Start of mission
Launch date October 8, 2009, 18:51:01 (2009-10-08UTC18:51:01Z) UTC[1]
Rocket Delta II 7920-10C
Launch site Vandenberg SLC-2W
Contractor Boeing / ULA
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Sun-synchronous
Perigee 772 kilometers (480 mi)[2]
Apogee 773 kilometers (480 mi)[2]
Inclination 98.40 degrees[2]
Period 100.16 minutes[2]
Epoch January 25, 2015, 04:29:44 UTC[2]

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.[3] 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.[4] It takes a new photograph of any place on Earth every 1.1 days.[5]


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. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "WORLDVIEW 2 Satellite details 2009-055A NORAD 35946". N2YO. January 25, 2015. Retrieved January 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Worldview-2". Magazine article. Asian Surveying and Mapping. 2009-10-12. Archived from the original on 2009-10-31. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 
  4. ^ "DigitalGlobe Successfully Launches Worldview-1". DigitalGlobe. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  5. ^ Phillips, Nicky; Grubb, Ben; Aston, Heath. "Detection of MH370 debris required a 'human eyeball operation'". Sydney Morning Herald. 

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