Exelis Delivers Payload for DigitalGlobe’s WorldView 3 Satellite
[Via Satellite 09-11-13] Exelis has delivered an integrated, super-spectral payload consisting of a telescope, sensor and shortwave infrared (SWIR) system for DigitalGlobe’s WorldView 3 satellite. This spacecraft is believed to be the first multi-payload, commercial satellite to carry such capabilities, and will allow DigitalGlobe to further expand its imagery product offerings.
Exelis was selected in 2010 to build the imaging system including the panchromatic and visible-near infrared (VNIR) multispectral sensor system and an optical telescope unit. Multispectral shortwave IR was added later to accommodate more robust capability needs.
DigitalGlobe’s WorldView 3 satellite is scheduled to launch in mid-2014 and will be capable of as good as 0.25 meter resolution. The Exelis telescope and sensors offer new and enhanced applications including mapping, land classifications, disaster preparedness and response, soil and vegetation analysis, geology uses, environmental monitoring, and coastal applications.