Posted on June 7th, 2016

30-cm Color WorldView-3 Image of the Month – Rainbow Mountains, China

Every time we look at WorldView-3 (WV3) imagery, we are blown away. And we hope you are equally impressed with the data! From one of the world’s most modern cities, we travel farther east with a stop at the picturesque Rainbow Mountains in China 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

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:

RainbowMountains_China_10_5_2015_WV3_30cmcolor_ENHANCE_largeSometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, well then these two photos of the Rainbow Mountains in China might be worth a million words! Check out the amazing reds, oranges, yellows and even blues that you can pick out in these wonders of the natural word. This 30-cm WorldView-3 image was collected on October 5, 2015 over the Rainbow Mountains. The samples here have been color balanced by Apollo Mapping to improve their quality. (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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One Response to 30-cm Color WorldView-3 Image of the Month – Rainbow Mountains, China

  1. Where in China is your “Rainbow Mountains”? You supplied visible imagery. What does it look like in SWIR? Do you offer a free sample data set?

    For your information, I retired in mid-March from teaching graduate courses in remote sensing and digital image processing at the University of Denver (after 17.3 years). So I have a significant loss of income. Even so, perhaps in the future I can guide others who wish to purchase imagery.

    Ed Holroyd
    5395 Howell St; Arvada, CO 80002-1523; 303-279-5395

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