DigitalGlobe Inc., the Westminster, Colorado-based provider of earth imagery and information about our changing planet, announced on 22 June 2016 its WorldView-1 satellite has completed a planned 18-month-long transition from a morning orbit to an afternoon orbit, improving customers’ ability to detect, see, and understand change that occurs on our planet within a single day.
WorldView-1 now passes directly overhead earth locations at approximately 1:30 p.m. local time. With its large telescope and sophisticated pointing technology, the satellite swings hundreds of miles to the east or west of its position, capturing locations in multiple time zones. With three other high-accuracy, high-resolution satellites in morning orbits, the DigitalGlobe constellation now gives customers the ability to see the earth anytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. local time, double the previous daily access window when imaging can take place. DigitalGlobe will further enhance its intra-day collection capabilities with the planned mid-September launch of the WorldView-4 satellite into a morning orbit.
“DigitalGlobe’s expanding constellation is uniquely flexible and capable to meet customers’ traditional global mapping requirements, as well as emerging requirements for high-revisit monitoring applications,” said Tim Hascall, DigitalGlobe Executive Vice-President and Chief Operations Officer. “With an expanded amount of time in which to image the earth each day, our customers now have an even greater ability to make decisions with confidence.”
DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions that help decision makers better understand our changing planet in order to save lives, resources and time. Sourced from the world’s leading constellation, DigitalGlobe imagery solutions deliver unmatched coverage and capacity to meet its customers’ most demanding mission requirements.
Each day customers in defense and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, navigation technology, and providers of location-based services depend on DigitalGlobe data, information, technology and expertise to gain actionable insight.
Among the customers of DigitalGlobe are numerous governments and companies throughout the Middle East.