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Ball Delivers Satellite to DigitalGlobe

July 2, 2014

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has delivered the next- generation commercial remote sensing satellite built for DigitalGlobe, to the launch facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

According to a release from the company, the WorldView-3 satellite is slated to fly aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket in mid-August for DigitalGlobe.

The WorldView-3 spacecraft passed a full suite of environmental, functional and performance tests in preparation for integration with the launch vehicle, along with thorough pre-ship reviews by Ball Aerospace and DigitalGlobe.

WorldView-3 is a multi-payload commercial satellite for earth observations and geospatial data. Operating at an expected altitude of 617 km, WorldView-3 will collect imagery with 31 cm resolution. This level of resolution performance would be fundamentally impossible without the 1.1 m aperture telescope and the primary visible/SWIR sensor built by Exelis, which allows for a breadth of applications.

"Ball has incorporated significant data-gathering advances into this latest addition to the DigitalGlobe constellation," said Ball Aerospace President Rob Strain. "Our new CAVIS sensing instrument will provide atmospheric correction data that will increase the volume of usable imagery captured by the primary imaging sensor."

DigitalGlobe is a provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and geospatial solutions.

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