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October 3rd, 2011

DigitalGlobe + Ball Aerospace... Sensing Success With CDR (Satellite)

DigitalGlobe's WorldView-3
[SatNews] The satellite continues to be built on schedule...

DigitalGlobe and Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. jointly announced they have successfully completed the Critical Design Review (CDR) for DigitalGlobe's next generation remote-sensing satellite, WorldView-3. The successful CDR was completed in late August and keeps WorldView-3 on schedule for a planned launch in the middle of 2014. WorldView-3 will expand DigitalGlobe's orbiting constellation to four remote-sensing satellites, all of which were manufactured by Ball Aerospace. The CDR verified design modifications between WorldView-3 and WorldView-2, previously built by Ball for DigitalGlobe. This included validation of cost and schedule documentation and verification of test requirements that will allow Ball Aerospace to proceed into the final manufacturing, integration and the testing phase of the program.

Ball Aerospace is providing the BCP 5000 for WorldView-3 and will integrate the remote-sensing instrument onto the spacecraft bus leading to system testing. The BCP 5000's power, stability, agility, and data storage and transmission capability, together meet the requirements to deliver comprehensive Earth remote-sensing information. The advanced Control Moment Gyroscopes provided for all the WorldView satellites afford the flexibility and agility to capture more imagery than ever before. Ball Aerospace previously built the trio of DigitalGlobe satellites currently on orbit including WorldView-2 launched in 2009, WorldView-1 launched in 2007, and QuickBird launched in 2001.