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|DigitalGlobe Unveils First WorldView-2 Images|
LONGMONT, CO, Oct 20, 2009 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI), a leading global provider of commercial high-resolution world-imagery products and services for defense and intelligence, civil government, and commercial customers, today released the first images from WorldView-2, the company's most recent high-resolution, remote-sensing satellite. Initial images, issued after just 11 days on orbit, captured Love Field Airport near Dallas and the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. More refinements to early-stage images can be expected as the ongoing check-out and calibration continues.
WorldView-2 was successfully launched on October 8, 2009, and is currently completing its routine calibration and check-out period. DigitalGlobe expects the satellite to be operational and delivering commercially available imagery products and services approximately 90 days from the launch date.
The launch of WorldView-2 marked another first for DigitalGlobe and the industry as the first high-resolution, eight-band, multispectral commercial satellite. WorldView-2 is expected to improve the speed and rate of imagery delivery to the government and commercial markets with large-scale collection capacity and daily revisit rates. WorldView-2 joined DigitalGlobe's existing sub-meter satellites on orbit, QuickBird and WorldView-1, to enable an annual imaging capacity equivalent to three times the earth's land mass.
WorldView-2 collects multispectral imagery at 1.8 meter resolution and panchromatic imagery at 0.46 meters.(i) The additional multispectral band capability supports improved levels of feature identification and extraction and more accurately reflects the world's natural color.
DigitalGlobe will preview first imagery from WorldView-2 at booth #591 at the GeoInt 2009 Symposium this week in San Antonio, Texas. The first issued WorldView-2 images can also be viewed here.
To learn more about DigitalGlobe's advanced constellation of sub-meter satellites, please visit www.digitalglobe.com.
DigitalGlobe (http://www.digitalglobe.com) is a leading global provider of commercial high-resolution earth imagery products and services. Sourced from our own advanced satellite constellation, our imagery solutions support a wide variety of uses within defense and intelligence, civil agencies, mapping and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, internet portals and navigation technology. With our collection sources and comprehensive ImageLibrary (containing more than 730 million square kilometers of earth imagery and imagery products) we offer a range of on- and off-line products and services designed to enable customers to easily access and integrate our imagery into their business operations and applications. For more information, please visit www.digitalglobe.com.
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(i) Due to current U.S. government restrictions. all imagery will be re-sampled to 2.0 meter multispectral and 0.50 meter panchromatic resolution unless the U.S. government has granted a customer specific waiver of the restriction.
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