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Posted on October 3rd, 2023

30-cm Color WorldView-3/4 Image of the Month – Henningsvaer Stadium, Norway

This month’s Worldview-3 image features Henningsvaer Stadium in Henningsvaer, a small fishing village in the Lofoten Islands of Norway. The islands are known for their rugged mountains, breathtaking fjords, and storybook villages. The stadium itself is built on an archipelago connected to the main island by a bridge built in 1983. To construct the stadium, the solid bedrock of the archipelago had to be leveled to create a space large enough for the pitch. Although the stadium has a capacity of about 500 people, has no stands, and hosts only amateur teams, its spectacular views and scents of the salty sea air have garnered world-wide attention. The FIFA World Cup website refers to the stadium as ‘Heavenly Henningsvaer’, and asserts that the world-famous soccer pitch “assaults the senses” with its beauty. The stadium and the club house are known as a gathering place for the community of Henningsvaer. During the summer, it’s not unusual to find local children playing soccer there late into the night, thanks to the midnight sun. These 30-cm WorldView-3 images of Henningsvaer Stadium and its surrounding area were captured on June 3, 2015. The first image provides an aerial view of the stadium, showcasing the rocky edges of the archipelago and its surrounding seas. The second image shows the town of Henningsvaer, giving a look into the charming, picturesque nature of the tiny Norwegian fishing village. These 30-cm WorldView-3 images have been processed by Apollo Mapping for improved perspective, clarity and colors. (Satellite Imagery © 2023 Maxar Technologies)

Every time we look at WorldView-3 and WorldView-4 (WV3/4) imagery, we are blown away. And we hope you are equally impressed with the data! In September, we looked at Switzerland’s Ottmar Hitzfeld Arena. For this edition of the 30-cm Color WorldView-3/4 Image of the Month we’re headed to Norway to check out the equally impressive Henningsvaer Stadium.

WorldView-3 launched in late 2014 and WorldView-4 launched in late 2016; taken together they are the most advanced satellite constellation the commercial marketplace has ever had access to. Here are a few of the features that really set these satellites apart from the competition:

  • Improved Resolution
    • Higher resolution means you can see more detail in WV3/4 imagery.
    • Data collected at nadir will have 31-centimeter (cm) panchromatic, 1.24-meter (m) visible and near infrared, 3.7-m SWIR (WV3 only) and 30-m CAVIS (WV3 only) bands.
    • At 20 degrees off-nadir, the resolution is 34-cm panchromatic, 1.38-m visible and near infrared and 4.1-m shortwave infrared.
  • Additional Spectral Bands
    • If spectral analysis is part of your project, then no other satellite can match WV3 with its: 8 bands of visible and near-infrared data; and 8 shortwave infrared bands which are crucial for geological studies.
  • Better Positional Accuracy
    • With accuracies of 3.5-m CE90% or better (without ground control even!), WV3/4 has no rivals for its enhanced positional accuracy.
  • Daily Revisits
    • At 40 degrees latitude, WV3 is able to image every location daily with 1-meter or better resolution and then every 4.5 days at 34-cm resolution or better.
    • WV4 is no longer collecting new imagery.
  • Increased Collection Capacity
    • WV3/4 feature 13.1-km swath widths (at nadir) with the ability to collect up to 680,000 square kilometer (sq km) of high-resolution data per day per satellite (though WV4 is dead now).
    • Improved control movement gyros translate into larger maximum contiguous collection areas per pass, with up to ~7,500 sq km of mono imagery and ~3,000 sq km of stereo possible.

If you are interested in WorldView-3 and/or WorldView-4 imagery for your next project, please let us know by phone, 303-993-3863, or by email, sales@apollomapping.com.

You can also find more WV3 samples and technical information on our website here and then WV4 samples and information can be found here.

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