THE WORLDVIEW SATELLITE CONSTELLATION

Satellites

EARTH’S MOST ADVANCED CONSTELLATION

 

In 2017 we made a multi-million euro investment in our ground station, which is located in Munich, Germany. This investment enables us to communicate directly with DigitalGlobe’s WorldView constellation, and collect the highest resolution satellite imagery commercially available.

Best Commercial Resolution

Our very high resolution images are the best in the business, and let you see things in the finest detail, so you can make the smartest decisions.

Best On The Planet

We guarantee that the WorldView constellation delivers the highest quality satellite images available on Earth - giving you more information for your operations.

Most Accurate

With the best geolocational accuracy on the market our satellite images are perfect for automated processing that delivers reliable results.

WorldView-4
WorldView-4

 

Launched in November 2016, WorldView-4 represents an investment in the future and to helping you solve real-world problems.

WorldView-3
WorldView-3

 

WorldView-3 was the first multi-payload, super-spectral, high-resolution commercial satellite to enter Earth’s orbit.

WorldView-2
WorldView-2

 

WorldView-2 was the first high-resolution 8-band multispectral commercial satellite.

WorldView-1
WorldView-1

 

WorldView-1 was the first WorldView satellite — the most agile generation of satellites ever flown commercially.

GeoEye-1
GeoEye-1

 

GeoEye-1 set the standard for sub-half meter high-resolution commercial satellite imagery and offers unprecedented spatial resolution.

QuickBird
QuickBird
[Decommissioned]

 

QuickBird supplied 60 cm imagery to commercial customers for over 14 years. Imagery from QuickBird is now available in our image library.

IKONOS
IKONOS
[Decommissioned]

 

IKONOS revolutionized the earth observation industry, but was decommissioned in 2015. Imagery from IKONOS is now available in our image library.

Compare the specifications

Resolution

WorldView-4 0.31 m
WorldView-3 0.31 m
WorldView-2 0.46 m
WorldView-1 0.50 m
GeoEye-1 0.41 m
QuickBird 0.55 m
IKONOS 0.82 m
Bands

WorldView-4 Pan + 4 Multispectral (R, G, B, NIR)
WorldView-3 Pan + 8 Multispectral + 8 SWIR
WorldView-2 Pan + 8 Multispectral
WorldView-1 Pan
GeoEye-1 Pan + 4 Multispectral
QuickBird Pan + 4 Multispectral
IKONOS Pan + 4 Multispectral
Swath

WorldView-4 13.1 km
WorldView-3 13.2 km
WorldView-2 16.4 km
WorldView-1 17.7 km
GeoEye-1 15.3 km
QuickBird 14.9 - 16.8 km
IKONOS 11.3 km
Altitude

WorldView-4 617 km
WorldView-3 617 km
WorldView-2 770 km
WorldView-1 496 km
GeoEye-1 681 km
QuickBird 400 - 450 km
IKONOS 681 km
Accuracy

WorldView-4 4.0 m CE90
WorldView-3 3.5 m CE90
WorldView-2 6.5 m CE90
WorldView-1 6.5 m CE90
GeoEye-1 3.0 m CE90
QuickBird 23.0 m CE90
IKONOS 9.0 m CE90
Average Revisit

WorldView-4 1 day
WorldView-3 1 day
WorldView-2 1.1 days
WorldView-1 1.7 days
GeoEye-1 < 3 days
QuickBird 2 - 12 days
IKONOS 3 days
Slew Time

WorldView-4 11 seconds / 200 km
WorldView-3 11 seconds / 200 km
WorldView-2 10 seconds / 200 km
WorldView-1 10 seconds / 200 km
GeoEye-1 25 seconds / 200 km
QuickBird 37 seconds / 200 km
IKONOS 10 seconds / 200 km
Weight

WorldView-4 2600 kg
WorldView-3 2800 kg
WorldView-2 2800 kg
WorldView-1 2500 kg
GeoEye-1 1955 kg
QuickBird 1089 kg
IKONOS 817 kg
Launch Date

WorldView-4 November 11, 2016
WorldView-3 August 13, 2014
WorldView-2 October 8, 2009
WorldView-1 September 18, 2007
GeoEye-1 September 6, 2008
QuickBird October 18, 2001
IKONOS September 24, 1999
Maximum Coverage Mono

WorldView-4 66.5 x 112 km (5 strips)
WorldView-3 69 x 112 km (5 strips)
WorldView-2 138 x 112 km (8 strips)
WorldView-1 45 x 112 km (3 strips)
GeoEye-1 111 x 112 km (6 strips)
Maximum Coverage Stereo

WorldView-4 26.6 x 112 km (2 pairs)
WorldView-3 28 x 112 km (2 pairs)
WorldView-2 63 x 112 km (4 pairs)
WorldView-1 51 x 112 km (3 pairs)
GeoEye-1 15 x 112 km (1 pair)

Experiment with our data

INDUSTRY LEADING TECHNOLOGY

Massive Collection Capacity

Combined, the WorldView satellites have the capacity to collect over three million square kilometers of imagery every day, giving you access to all parts of the globe and feeding into the industry’s largest image library.

High Revisit Rates

The WorldView constellation can image most locations on Earth multiple times a day, so you can detect changes on the ground over short periods of time.

More Spectral Diversity

Our multi and super-spectral capabilities allow you to easily distinguish between materials on the earth’s surface, opening up exploration and feature identification opportunities.

CONSTELLATION HISTORY

WorldView-4

2016

WorldView-4 Launched

WorldView-4 is the second 30 cm satellite ever to be launched by a commercial company, and more than doubles the 30 cm capacity of the constellation.

IKONOS

2015

IKONOS Decommissioned

IKONOS brought imagery rivaling that of military spy satellites to the commercial market. It delivered 597,802 public images, covering more than 400 million sq km of area over its life of 15 and half years. IKONOS imagery is available in our image library.

QuickBird

2015

QuickBird Decommissioned

QuickBird was DigitalGlobe's first satellite in orbit and it supplied high quality 60 cm resolution imagery to commercial and government customers for nearly 14 years. QuickBird imagery is available in our image library.

WorldView-3

2014

WorldView-3 Launched

WorldView-3 was the first 30 cm resolution satellite ever launched commercially. It has 16 bands, and ushered in a new era of satellite imaging capability.

WorldView-2

2009

WorldView-2 Launched

WorldView-2 is a 46 cm resolution satellite that offered unmatched agility in image collection at the time of its launch.

GeoEye-1

2008

GeoEye-1 Launched

At the time of its launch, GeoEye-1 was the world's highest resolution commercial Earth-imaging satellite. It collects stunning crystal clear images.

WorldView-1

2007

WorldView-1 Launched

WorldView-1 is the first of DigitalGlobe's next-generation satellites. It offers state-of-the-art geolocation accuracy capabilities and stunning agility with rapid targeting and efficient in-track stereo collection.

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