Posted on November 1st, 2016

30-cm Color WorldView-3 Image of the Month – Chicago, Illinois

Every time we look at WorldView-3 (WV3) imagery, we are blown away. And we hope you are equally impressed with the data! In October we featured a pristine rural image of Detian Falls in Vietnam/China, and this month we travel back to the States with a look at Chicago, Illinois for this WV3 Image of the Month.

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

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chicagoil_11_4_2015_wv3_30cmcolor_enhance_iiiBrock’s parents live in the Chicago suburbs so his visit back home in September prompted this WV3 image of the month. And while we would love to feature a summer image of the Windy City, the only cloud-free option was from November 4, 2015. Given that this image is from the fall, there are deep shadows and the greens are less intense, but you still get three nice views of the downtown loop here. If you have never taken the voyage out to Adler Planetarium to check out the view of Chicago, make sure you do next time you are in the city! (Image Courtesy: DigitalGlobe)

WorldView-3 launched in late 2014 and it is the most advanced satellite the commercial marketplace has ever had access to. Here are a few of the features that really set it apart from the competition:

  • Improved Resolution
    • Higher resolution means you can see more detail in WV3 imagery.
    • Data collected at nadir will have 31-centimeter (cm) panchromatic, 1.24-meter (m) visible and near infrared, 3.7-m SWIR and 30-m CAVIS 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.
    • Per US government regulation, all SWIR orders are produced at a maximum resolution of 7.5-m. CAVIS bands are not available for purchase at this time.
  • 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 has no rivals for its enhanced positional accuracy.
  • Daily Revisits
    • At 40 degrees latitude, WV3 will be able to image each location daily with 1-meter or better resolution and then every 4.5 days at 34-cm resolution or better.
  • Increased Collection Capacity
    • WV3 features a 13.1-km swath width (at nadir) with the ability to collect up to 680,000 square kilometer (sq km) of high-resolution data per day.
    • 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 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 samples and technical information on our website here.

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