Posted on April 4th, 2017

30-cm Color WorldView-3 Image of the Month – Pyongyang, North Korea






Shrouded in secrecy, the capital city of Pyongyang is a mix of ornate buildings and parks surrounded by worn down homes and other structures. In the five images above, we start with a picture of the abandoned Hotel of Doom which looks like something out of a Star Wars movie. The next image features the Pyongyang Ice Rink which you might mistake for a religious temple if you did not know otherwise. The following WV3 images show an unused but ornate park; interesting spiral towers; and the active smoke stacks of an industrial zone. This 30-cm color WorldView-3 image was collected on May 24, 2015 and has been processed by Apollo Mapping for improved colors and clarity. (Images Courtesy: DigitalGlobe)

Every time we look at WorldView-3 (WV3) imagery, we are blown away. And we hope you are equally impressed with the data! Last month we featured an ancient city along the Mediterranean, and for this WorldView-3 Image of the Month we move to the capital of the one of the world’s most infamous countries, Pyongyang in North Korea.

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.

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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