Posted on April 5th, 2016

30-cm Color WorldView-3 Image of the Month – Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

Every time we look at WorldView-3 (WV3) imagery, we are blown away. And we hope you are equally impressed with the data! From last month’s stop in Moscow, we travel to the Far East with a stop at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort on Lantau Island, China for the April edition of the WV3 Image of the Month.

PLEASE NOTE: Effective November 2015, WorldView-3 prices dropped at least 25% for each and every imagery product; and prices even dropped more than 50% for shortwave infrared (SWIR) data! Are you interested in finding out more about these price drops? If so, send us an email at You can also find out a bit more about these new WV3 prices in this older article from The Geospatial Times.

WorldView-3 was 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:

HongKongDisney_2_9_2016_WV3_30cmcolor_ENHANCEChinese (or Lunar) New Year is a month long celebration that is one of the biggest yearly events in Asia. This year, Chinese New Year fell on February 8, 2016, though the party extends beyond this date. So we thought it would be cool to feature an image of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort collected on February 9th. This 30-cm WorldView-3 data is not as colorful as some of the other images we have featured here as the sun is low in the sky this time of the year, but it is still very cool as you can see masses of people throughout the amusement park. (Image Courtesy: DigitalGlobe)
  • 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,

You can also find more samples and technical information on our website here.

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