WorldView-2 Readied for Oct. Liftoff

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DigitalGlobe’s newest imaging satellite, WorldView-2, has arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in preparation for its planned Oct. 6 launch aboard a Delta 2 rocket, according to an Aug. 27 DigitalGlobe press release.

WorldView-2 will be Longmont, Colo.-based DigitalGlobe’s third and most advanced satellite on orbit, joining the Quickbird and WorldView-1 satellites that launched in 2001 and 2007, respectively. It will be able to image objects on the ground as small as a half-meter in black and white and 1.8 meters in an eight-band multispectral mode.

The satellite was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. of Boulder, Colo. The main sensor was built by ITT Space Systems of Rochester, N.Y.