WorldView-3 is the first in the industry commercial satellite with multi-payload, super-spectral and high-resolution. It operates at an altitude of 617 km and provides 31 cm panchromatic resolution, 1.24 m multispectral resolution, 3.7 m short-wave IR resolution and 30 m CAVIS resolution. WorldView-3 can collect up to 680,000 km2 per day due to the average revisit time of <1 day. The satellite is urged to enhance the DigitalGlobe collection capacity.

Sydney, Australia, January 2015. WorldView-3 satellite ©DigitalGlobe
São Paulo, Brazil, September 2014. WorldView-3 satellite ©DigitalGlobe
Super Pit gold mine, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, December 2014. WorldView-3 satellite ©DigitalGlobe
Construction of Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain, April 2015. WorldView-3 satellite ©DigitalGlobe
Sochi, Russia. WorldView-3 satellite ©DigitalGlobe
Rock quarry near Sochi, Russia, September 2016. WorldView-3 satellite ©DigitalGlobe

Spacecraft design and mission details

Name WorldView-3
Country USA
Developer Ball Aerospace
Operator DigitalGlobe
Launch vehicle Atlas V
Launch date 13 August 2014
Launch site Vandenberg SLC-3E
Date of deactivation -
Orbit:
Type
Altitude, km
Inclination, deg.

Sun-synchronous
617 km
97
Mission duration, years Planned: 7,25 years  Elapsed: 4 years
Revisit frequency, days <1
Power, W 3100
Spacecraft dimensions, m 5,7×2,5
Mass, kg 2800

Specifications


Sensor bands Panchromatic: 450–800 nm
8 Multispectral:
Coastal: 397–454 nm        Red: 629–696 nm
Blue: 445–517 nm             Red Edge: 698–749 nm
Green: 507–586 nm          Near-IR1: 765–899 nm
Yellow: 580–629 nm          Near-IR2: 857–1039 nm
8 SWIR bands:
SWIR-1: 1184–1235 nm   SWIR-5: 2137–2191 nm
SWIR-2: 1546–1598 nm   SWIR-6: 2174–2232 nm
SWIR-3: 1636–1686 nm   SWIR-7: 2228–2292 nm
SWIR-4: 1702–1759 nm   SWIR-8: 2285–2373 nm
12 CAVIS bands: 
Desert Clouds: 405–420 nm  Water-3: 930–965 nm
Aerosol-1: 459–509 nm    NDVI-SWIR: 1220–1252 nm
Green: 525–585 nm          Cirrus: 1365–1405 nm
Aerosol-2: 635–685 nm    Snow: 1620–1680 nm
Water-1: 845–885 nm       Aerosol-1: 2105–2245 nm
Water-2: 897–927 nm       Aerosol-2: 2105–2245 nm
Dynamic range, bits per pixel 11 (PAN and MS); 14 (SWIR)
Sensor resolution (at nadir), m PAN: 0,31
MS: 1,24
SWIR: 3,70
CAVIS: 30,0
Swath width, km 13,1
Attitude determination and control
Type: 3-axis Stabilized
Actuators: Control Moment Gyros (CMGs)
Sensors: Star trackers, precision IRU, GPS
Horizontal accuracy (CE90%) <3,5 m without GCP
Retargeting agility< Time to Slew 200 km: 12 sec
Onboard storage 2199 Gb solid state with EDAC

Collection scenarios:

  • Long strip: 360 × 13,1 km
  • Large Area Collect: 112 × 65,5 km
  • Multiple Point Targets: 13,1 × 13,1 km
  • Stereo Area Collect: 112 × 26,2 km

Benefits:

  • Very high resolution
  • Daily revisits
  • Bi-directional scanning
  • Industry-leading geolocation accuracy
  • Spectral diversity:
    • Panchromatic band 
    • 4 standard VNIR colors: blue, green, red, near-IR1
    • 4 added VNIR colors: coastal, yellow, red edge, near-IR2
    • 8 SWIR bands: penetrates haze, fog, smog, dust and smoke
    • 12 CAVIS bands: maps clouds, ice and snow, corrects for aerosol and water vapor

Applications:

  • Mapping
  • Land classifications
  • Disaster preparedness/Response
  • Feature extraction/Change detection
  • Soil/Vegetative analysis
  • Geology: Oil&Gas, Mining
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Bathymetry/Coastal applications
For cost calculation of the WorldView-3 imagery for your area of interest, send technical description of your proposal to: innoter@innoter.com. For consultations contact by the phone: +7 495 245-04-24
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