DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI) has announced that their WorldView-1 satellite has completed a planned 18-month-long transition from a morning orbit to an afternoon orbit, thereby improving customers’ ability to detect, see, and understand change that occurs on Earth within a single day.
WorldView-1 now passes directly overhead Earth locations at approximately 1:30 p.m. local time. With its large telescope and sophisticated pointing technology, the satellite swings hundreds of miles to the east or west of its position, capturing locations in multiple time zones.
With three other high-accuracy, high-resolution satellites in morning orbits, the DigitalGlobe constellation now gives customers the ability to see the Earth anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. local time, double the previous daily access window when imaging can take place. DigitalGlobe will further enhance its intra-day collection capabilities with the planned mid-September launch of the WorldView-4 satellite into a morning orbit.
According to Tim Hascall, DigitalGlobe EVP and Chief Operations Officer, the company's expanding constellation is uniquely flexible and capable to meet customers’ traditional global mapping requirements, as well as emerging requirements for high-revisit monitoring applications. There's now an expanded amount of time in which to image the Earth each day, and DigitalGlobe customers now have an even greater ability to make decisions with confidence.