Posted on December 6th, 2016

WorldView-4 Successfully Launches!

On November 11th, DigitalGlobe successfully launched its latest satellite, WorldView-4, into space from Vanderberg Air Force Base in California. WorldView-4 will join its existing sister satellite, WorldView-3, in imaging 680,000 square kilometers (sq km) of data at 31-centimeter (cm) panchromatic and 1.24-meter (m) multispectral resolution per day.

Apollo Mapping is excited to see another DigitalGlobe satellite launch, doubling our 30-cm collection capacity. DigitalGlobe calibrates its satellites faster than anyone else in the industry so we expect WorldView-4 will be ready to go by Q1 2017!

washingtonmonument_dc_9_28_2014_wv3_30cmcolor_enhanceA 30-cm image collected by WorldView-4’s twin satellite, WorldView-3, on September 28, 2014 over the Washington Monument in Washington DC. This image has been processed by Apollo Mapping for improved colors and clarity. (Image Credit: DigitalGlobe)

Here is a summary of the key specifications of WorldView-4:

  • Launch Date: November 11, 2016, 18:30 UTC (formerly known as GeoEye-2, but significantly overhauled before launch)
  • Spectral Bands:
    • Panchromatic
    • 4-band multispectral (blue, green, red and near-infrared)
  • Sensor Resolution:
    • At nadir – 31-cm panchromatic & 1.24-m multispectral
    • 20° off-nadir – 34-cm panchromatic & 1.38-m multispectral
    • 56° off-nadir – 1-m panchromatic & 4-m multispectral
  • Revisit Frequency: (at 40°N)
    • 1 day (≥ 56° off-nadir)
  • Daily Collection Capacity:
    • 680,000 sq km

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about WorldView-4 and the other high resolution satellites with which we work, check out our website gallery here or send us an email at

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2 Responses to WorldView-4 Successfully Launches!

    • Hi Greg – I would assume some WV4 will be added to Google Earth over the years, I am not sure what resolution they would purchase. I do not think that Bing buys imagery from DigitalGlobe anymore (I could be wrong here) so I doubt it will appear there. It seems that Bing Maps is a stale product now, not sure how many changes are being made.

      Chat next time!

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