Posted on March 8th, 2016

30-cm Color WorldView-3 Image of the Month – Moscow, Russia

We settled on Moscow, Russia for this WV3 image of the month as Saint Basil’s Cathedral (seen in the first graphic here) is renowned to have one of the most colorful roofs in the world, would you agree? The other three images here were selected to showcase the amazing colors that can be seen in WorldView-3 imagery – particularly the bright green roofs which are common in Moscow. This 30-cm WV3 imagery was collected on August 21, 2015 and has been processed by Apollo Mapping to improve its clarity and colors. (Image 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! From our stop last month in Barcelona, Spain, we travel across Europe to its eastern edge, heading to Moscow, Russia for the March 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:

  • 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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