Posted on December 8th, 2015

30-cm Color WorldView-3 Image of the Month

Every time we look at WorldView-3 (WV3) imagery, we are blown away. And we hope you are equally impressed with the data! From Norway, we travel to the other side of the globe with a look at Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka, Japan.

WorldView-3 was launched in late 2014 and 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:

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HitcahiSeasidePark_9_28_2014_WV3_30cmcolor_ENHANCEWhen we ordered this 30-cm natural color WorldView-3 image collected on September 28, 2014 over Hitachi Seaside Park, we had hoped “full bloom” would be on and visible (as you see in the link here) – but alas it was not. But still these images are really cool – I mean who doesn’t like pictures of roller coasters, Ferris wheels and ponds?! These WorldView-3 images have been processed by Apollo Mapping to improve colors and clarity. (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 shortwave infrared (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, [email protected].

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

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