Ball Aerospace-built WorldView-1 Satellite Launched From Vandenberg
September 18, 2007
The Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. WorldView-1 satellite built for DigitalGlobe® launched today from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. at 11:35 a.m. PDT, aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket.
The launch of the WorldView-1 satellite is poised to make a major contribution towards the advancement of the commercial remote-sensing industry by providing higher collection capabilities, more frequent revisit time, and greater imaging flexibility.
"With the successful launch of WorldView-1, DigitalGlobe is now better prepared to respond to the growing demand for commercially available, high-resolution imagery," said David L. Taylor, president and CEO of Ball Aerospace. "Since the launch of QuickBird, our first successful collaboration with DigitalGlobe in 2001, we have rapidly improved both the capability and reliability of these remote-sensing satellites."
Ball Aerospace built both the satellite bus and WorldView 60 camera/telescope for WorldView-1. WorldView-1 is the only commercial satellite on-orbit equipped with Ball's advanced Control Moment Gyroscopes. The Ball-built satellite will offer stunning agility with rapid targeting and efficient in-track stereo collection. Once on-orbit, WorldView-1 will be the world's first half-meter resolution commercial imaging satellite. Ball Aerospace is currently building WorldView-2 for DigitalGlobe, scheduled for completion in late 2008.
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions of important national agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S. government and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications. Over the past 50 years, Ball Aerospace has been responsible for numerous technological and scientific 'firsts' and acts as a technology innovator for the aerospace market.
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