WorldView-1 is a commercial Earth observation satellite operated by Maxar Technologies, a company that specializes in high-resolution satellite imagery and geospatial information. Here are some key details about the WorldView-1 satellite:
Launch Date: WorldView-1 was launched on September 18, 2007.
Imaging Capabilities: WorldView-1 is equipped with a panchromatic (black-and-white) imaging system that provides very high-resolution imagery. It can capture images with a ground resolution of approximately 0.5 meters (about 1.64 feet). This high-resolution capability makes it suitable for various applications, including mapping, urban planning, disaster monitoring, and environmental analysis.
Orbit: The satellite is placed in a sun-synchronous orbit, which means it passes over the same region of the Earth at approximately the same time each day, allowing for consistent and repeatable imaging of the Earth's surface.
Maxar Technologies: DigitalGlobe was a leading provider of commercial satellite imagery and geospatial solutions. In 2019, DigitalGlobe was acquired by Maxar Technologies, a space technology company. Maxar continued to operate and enhance the capabilities of the WorldView-1 satellite.
Applications: The high-resolution imagery from WorldView-1 has been used for a wide range of applications, including urban planning, agriculture, forestry management, disaster response, environmental monitoring, and defense and intelligence purposes.
Successors: WorldView-1 was followed by other satellites in the WorldView series, such as WorldView-2, WorldView-3, and WorldView-4, each with improved imaging capabilities and additional spectral bands for various applications.
Stereo Imaging: WorldView-1 is capable of collecting stereo imagery, which means it can capture images of the same location from slightly different angles. This enables the creation of 3D models and terrain elevation data.
Revisit Time: The satellite's revisit time is approximately 1.7 days, which means it can capture images of the same location on the Earth's surface roughly every 1.7 days, depending on its orbit and tasking priorities.
Global Coverage: WorldView-1 has the ability to capture imagery of virtually any location on Earth, making it a valuable tool for a wide range of applications, including urban planning, agriculture, forestry, and disaster response.
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