With the start of commercial WorldView-3 imagery sales in October, we were able to get our hands on some full resolution 40-cm color over Barcelona, Spain. And to say we were blown away with the quality of the data is an understatement!!
Without a doubt, this is the highest quality satellite imagery available on the market. Even at 40-cm resolution, this data rivals the clarity and detail you can see in 30-cm aerial imagery given how exact the optics on WorldView-3 are. And then, there are the colors, do not even get me started – they look as natural and realistic as anything we have ever seen!
Here are some thoughts about WorldView-3 data after having a chance to preview the 40-cm color imagery of Barcelona provided to us by DigitalGlobe:
- The level of detail seen in 40-cm color WorldView-3 imagery cannot be rivaled by any commercial satellite on the market.
- You are able to resolve new features never seen in satellite imagery before, including thin structural beams, pipes and even roof top heating/cooling units. We expect these features to be even more apparent when 30-cm WorldView-3 data is available starting Q1 2015.
- The saturation and vibrance of color WorldView-3 imagery is absolutely incredible. It’s only close rival is color imagery from its older sibling, WorldView-2!
- Without a question, we recommend having all WorldView-3 data produced at 40-cm resolution.
Additional details about WorldView-3 can be found on our website here.
If you have any specific projects where you think WorldView-3 would be the ideal solution, let us know by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This 40-cm WorldVIew-3 image of Camp Nou, home of FC Barcelona, shows the rows between seats as well as thin structural beams on the upper west side of the stadium. You can even see the pedestrian ramps on the south side of the stadium. This 40-cm WorldView-3 data was collected on October 3, 2014 and comes courtesy of DigitalGlobe.
Check out the people on the tennis courts as well as the poolside furniture you can see here in the 40-cm WorldView-3 image of western Barcelona. This color WorldView-3 data was collected on October 3, 2014 and comes courtesy of DigitalGlobe.
The green and red roofs of the industrial buildings here are as intensely colored as we have ever seen in satellite imagery. Also, check out how clear the thin structural beams and the yard of small industrial objects in the south-west of the image are. This 40-cm WorldView-3 data of Barcelona, Spain was collected on October 3, 2014 and comes courtesy of DigitalGlobe.
Ohhhh, the beach! You can see beach furniture riddling the coast next to the water as well as details never seen before on boats in satellite imagery. This serene ocean view of Barcelona was collected on October 3, 2014 by the satellite, WorldView-3, and comes courtesy of DigitalGlobe.
Fantastic natural texture imagery.
We agree with you 100% Francis!