Posted on June 3rd, 2015

A Monthly Update on WorldView-3 – More Great 30-cm Images!

Every time we look at WorldView-3 (WV3) imagery, we are blown away. So we have decided to make this article a monthly feature for the viewing joy of our valued readers. For June, we feature three color 30-centimeter (cm) WV3 images collected over the historic South American city of Quito, Ecuador.

This month we feature three awe-inspiring 30-cm color WorldView-3 images of Quito, Ecuador. In the first image, check out the detail you can see on the larger automobiles to the west of the circular stadium. In the second, that airplane is just too cool! And the in the final image, what is going on with the regular patterns on the central basketball (perhaps a different sport?) court?! These images have been photo enhanced by Apollo Mapping. (Images Courtesy: DigitalGlobe)

Monthly Product Updates

We are now accepting orders for 8-band multispectral plus 8-band shortwave infrared (SWIR) WorldVIew-3 data. Send us an email at to find out more.

If you have not heard of the recently-launched satellite, WorldView-3, here are 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 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,

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

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One response to “A Monthly Update on WorldView-3 – More Great 30-cm Images!”

  1. Ray Solomon says:

    Can. Calcium be detected from space images?
    I have a project that I’m working on to discover seashell deposits.
    One known deposit is in Maine, several more Florida and Largest in the world is in Quebec north of the city of Baie-Comeau.
    Is there a spectral line for Calcium that can be used to pick it out from a background of forests and rock, sand and gravel? (other than limestone)

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