WorldView-1 Successfully Changes Orbit
European Space Imaging customers now benefit from more imaging access windows over Europe due to WorldView-1’s orbit change.
WorldView-1 now moves in an afternoon orbit meaning it now passes directly above Earth locations at around 1:30 pm local time. DigitalGlobe, the owner of the satellite, confirmed that the change from a morning orbit to an afternoon orbit took approximately 18 months to complete.
WorldView-1 uses a large telescope and advanced pointing technology to capture images of locations hundreds of miles to the east or west of its position, in multiple time zones. This change allows more imaging access windows during the day and will support DigitalGlobe’s three other high-accuracy, very high-resolution satellites in morning orbits, enabling customers to see the Earth anytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. local time.
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