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 February we traveled to an amazingly colorful crater in rural Saudi Arabia, and for this 30-cm Color WorldView-3/4 Image of the Month we head north and west to a tourist-haven in the Greek islands, Santorini.
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 [email protected].
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.
There are more than 6,000 Greek islands in the Aegean and Ionian Seas, perhaps none better known than Santorini. The volcanic, nearly circular group of islands is located some 230 kilometers (140 miles) south-east of Athens. Well known for its white roofs with blue domed churches, the atheistic beauty of Santorini is a double-edge sword as the island is being transformed by over-tourism. The three picturesque views featured here were collected over Fira and the surrounding villages on the west side of Santorini’s largest island. These 30-cm WorldView-4 images were collected on September 5, 2018 and have been enhanced by Apollo Mapping for improved colors and clarity. (Images Courtesy: Maxar)
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, [email protected].
You can also find more WV3 samples and technical information on our website here and then WV4 samples and information can be found here.