WorldView-2

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Overview & HistoryWorldView-2 SpecificationsPricing

WorldView-2 was the most technologically-advanced high-resolution satellite ever launched before it’s twin, WorldView-3, reached orbit. The DigitalGlobe satellite was launched into space on October 8, 2009 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. WorldView-2 collects 46-centimeter (cm) panchromatic and 1.85-meter (m) multispectral imagery.

WorldView-2 features the first 8-band multispectral imaging system, adding a coastal, yellow, red edge and an additional near-infrared red (NIR) band to the traditional four (i.e. blue, green, red and NIR). Positioned 770 kilometers (km) above the planet, WorldView-2 collects up to 785,000 sq km of 8-band imagery every day. No wonder it’s our best seller!

Launch Details
  • Launch Date: October 8, 2009, 18:51:00 GMT
  • Vehicle: Delta 7920
  • Site: SLC-2W, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA
  • Expected Mission Life: 2019 to 2021
WorldView-2 Components
  • Dimensions: 5.7-m tall x 2.5-m across; 7.1-m across with deployed solar array; 2,615 kg
  • Solar Array: 3.2 kW, 100 Ahr battery
  • Control Systems:
    • 3-axis stabilized
    • Actuators – control movement gyros (CMGs)
    • Altitude determination – star trackers, solid state inertial reference unit (IRU) and GPS
  • Onboard Storage Capacity: 2199 gigabytes, solid state with EDAC
  • Ground Communication Systems:
    • Imagery & metadata downlink – 800 Mbits per second, X-band
    • Maintenance – 4, 16 or 32 kilobytes per second (kbps) real time, 524 kbps stored, X-band
    • Commands – 2 or 64 kbps, S-band
  • Focal Plane:
    • 50 staggered panchromatic detector sub-arrays (DSAs) – 35,420 pixels
    • 10 staggered multispectral DSAs – 8,881 pixels / band; either side of panchromatic array (MS1 array: blue, green, red and NIR-1) (MS2 array: coastal, yellow, red edge, NIR-2)
  • Optical Sensor Assembly: 13.3-m focal length, 1.1-m aperture
Orbit Characteristics
  • Altitude: 770 km
  • Period: 100.2 minutes
  • Inclination: 98.0°
  • Direction: sun-synchronous circular, north to south (across the lit side of Earth)
  • Equatorial Crossing Time: 10:30 AM local time (approximate; across lit side of Earth)
  • Revisit Frequency: (at 40° lat)
    • 1.1 days (< 45° off-nadir)
    • 3.7 days (< 20° off-nadir)
Imaging System
  • Spectral Bands:
    • Panchromatic
    • 8-band multispectral (coastal, blue, green, yellow, red, red edge, NIR-1 and NIR-2)
  • Sensor Resolution:
    • At nadir – 46-cm panchromatic & 1.85-m multispectral
    • 20° off-nadir – 52-cm panchromatic & 2.07-m multispectral
    • 30° off-nadir – 60-cm panchromatic & 2.40-m multispectral
    • 45° off-nadir – 90-cm panchromatic & 3.58-m multispectral
  • Spectral Band Wavelength Range: (minimum, center, maximum edge; in nm)
    • Panchromatic – 447, 627, 808
    • Coastal (MS Band 1) – 396, 427, 458
    • Blue (MS Band 2) – 442, 478, 515
    • Green (MS Band 3) – 506, 546, 586
    • Yellow (MS Band 4) – 584, 608, 632
    • Red (MS Band 5) – 624, 659, 694
    • Red edge (MS Band 6) – 699, 724, 749
    • NIR-1 (MS Band 7) – 765, 833, 901
    • NIR-2 (MS Band 8) – 856, 949, 1043
  • Dynamic Range: 11-bits
Collection Capabilities
  • Footprint Width: 16.4 km (at nadir)
  • Collection Geometry: (at 30° off-nadir)
    • Mono, large area – 138 km x 112 km (8 strips wide)
    • Mono, long strip – 360 km x 16.4 km (1 strip only)
    • Stereo, large area – 63 km x 112 km (4 pairs wide)
  • Retargeting Ability: 10 sec (time to slew 200 km)
  • Daily Collection Capacity: 1,200,000 sq km
  • Georeferenced Horizontal Accuracy: < 3.5-m CE90 (global average, dependent on terrain)

Below is the least expensive, color WorldView-2 data offered. Prices increase for new collections, additional spectral bands and data processing. Note that academic and volume discounts are available.

  • Data Source: archive (greater than 90 days old)
  • Minimum Order Size: 25 sq km (per area & date)
  • Product Type: georeferenced + natural color or 4-band
  • Price Per Sq Km: $17.50 (more detailed pricing can be found here)

For an exact quote, please contact our Sales Team at sales@apollomapping.com.