Posted on September 1st, 2020

30-cm Color WorldView-3/4 Image of the Month – John Lewis Memorial, Washington D.C.

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! From a very geometric fort in Romania, we travel ‘across the pond’ this month to pay our final respects to Congressman John Lewis in this September edition of the 30-cm Color WorldView-3/4 Image of the Month as we feature an image of Washington D.C. collected on the day of his memorial.



The stars certainly aligned the day of Congressman Lewis’ memorial in Washington D.C. as WorldView-3 was in position to capture this nearly cloud-free data of the procession locations on July 27, 2020. The first image we feature is of Black Lives Matter Plaza which is reported to be the site of Lewis’ last public appearance. In the second image is the US Capitol where the body of the Civil Rights giant laid in state for two days – he was the first African American member of Congress to receive this honor. And the final image is of the White House where President Trump decided to remain and ignore the tribute to Congressman Lewis, which was occurred less than a mile from his house. This 30-cm WorldView-3 image has been enhanced by Apollo Mapping for improved colors and clarity. (Satellite Imagery © 2020 Maxar Technologies)

PLEASE NOTE: Effective May 2016, WorldView-3/4 prices dropped again! Are you interested in finding out more about these price drops? If so, send us an email at sales@apollomapping.com.

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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