Ball Aerospace Begins Integration Phase for DigitalGlobe's WorldView-3
BOULDER, Colo., April 8, 2013
BOULDER, Colo., April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Ball Aerospace & Technologies
Corp. has begun integration for WorldView-3, the next generation commercial
remote-sensing satellite being built for DigitalGlobe, a leading global
provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions.
The third satellite in a series to employ the Ball Commercial Platform (BCP)
5000, WorldView-3 is slated for launch in mid-2014. For more than a decade
Ball Aerospace has partnered with DigitalGlobe to deliver increasingly
advanced imaging satellites, including WorldView-2 in 2009, WorldView-1 in
2007, and QuickBird in 2001.
"Our experience building spacecraft for DigitalGlobe has allowed for quick
progress on WorldView-3," said Cary Ludtke, vice president and general manager
of Ball's Operational Space business unit. "WorldView-3 will be a highly
capable spacecraft based on a low risk design with proven results. We're eager
for it to join DigitalGlobe's growing constellation."
Currently the integration of the control moment gyroscopes (CMGs) and the
propulsion module is underway in anticipation of the ITT Exelis imaging sensor
delivery in mid-2013. Following successful sensor integration and checkout,
environmental testing of the completed satellite is scheduled to begin in this
WorldView-3 will offer 31 centimeter resolution panchromatic, 1.24 meter
resolution eight-band multispectral and 3.72 meter resolution eight-band Short
Wave Infrared (SWIR) imagery. U.S. government restrictions require
DigitalGlobe's imagery provided to non-U.S. government customers be limited to
no more than 50 centimeters panchromatic, 2.0 meter multispectral or, 7.5
WorldView-3 builds upon the WorldView-2 and WorldView-1 technology by carrying
forward the satellite's advanced CMGs. The CMGs reorient a satellite over a
desired collection area in 4-5 seconds, compared to 30-45 seconds needed for
traditional reaction wheels. As WorldView-3 joins the modern fleet of
WorldView-class satellites, DigitalGlobe will have the largest high resolution
satellite imagery collection capacity in the industry.
In addition, the range of customer applications enabled by the DigitalGlobe
constellation and overall value DigitalGlobe can provide to customers is
greatly expanded by issuance of a license from the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration to collect eight-band short-wave infrared imagery.
Jeff Culwell, vice president of DigitalGlobe's data business line notes this
will allow WorldView-3 the ability to sense both the visible spectrum as well
as deeper into the infrared spectrum that provides a rich dataset to precisely
identify different manmade and natural materials.
DigitalGlobeis a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth
observation and advanced geospatial solutions that help decision makers better
understand our changing planet to save time, money and lives. Sourced from
the world's leading constellation, our imagery solutions deliver unmatched
coverage and capacity to meet the most demanding mission requirements. Each
day customers in defense and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies,
mapping and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration,
infrastructure management, Internet portals and navigation technology depend
on DigitalGlobe data, information, technology and expertise to gain actionable
insight. For more information, visit www.digitalglobe.com. DigitalGlobeis a
registered trademark ofDigitalGlobe.
About Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions of important
national agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S.
government and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures
spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation
systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications.
For more information visit www.ballaerospace.com.
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