Ball Aerospace-built WorldView-2 Satellite Successfully Launched
October 08, 2009
The Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. WorldView-2 remote-sensing satellite designed and built for DigitalGlobe successfully launched today from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 11:51 a.m. PDT, on board a Boeing Delta II rocket.
WorldView-2 joins its sister satellites built by Ball Aerospace: WorldView-1 launched in 2007, and QuickBird launched in 2001. The satellite trio is expected to bring unsurpassed agility, capacity, accuracy and spectral diversity to commercial earth imaging.
"The successful launch of WorldView-2 marks a new milestone for the collection of imagery by these highly sophisticated satellites," said President and CEO of Ball Aerospace," David L. Taylor.
WorldView-2 and WorldView-1 are the only commercial satellites integrated with control moment gyroscopes (CMGs). These high-performance CMGs provide acceleration up to 10X that of other attitude control actuators and their agility improve both maneuvering and targeting capability. The CMGs afford both satellites the flexibility to capture more imagery than previously possible.
The Ball Aerospace, Ball Commercial Platform 5000 spacecraft, utilized for both the WorldView-1 and Worldview-2, is designed to handle both next-generation optical and synthetic aperture radar remote sensing payloads. The high-performance BCP 5000 has a design life of more than seven years, and provides a platform with increased power, agility, flexibility, transmission capability and data storage. In addition to manufacture of the satellite bus, Ball Aerospace integrated the WorldView-2 remote sensing instrument provided by ITT and performed all system testing.
DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of commercial high-resolution, world imagery products and services. The launch of WorldView-2 will vastly improve DigitalGlobe's ability to collect and maintain up-to-date imagery in the areas of greatest interest to its clients.
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