worldview 1

WorldView-1, launched September 2007, is the first of our next-generation satellites—the most agile satellites ever flown commercially. The high-capacity, panchromatic imaging system features half-meter resolution imagery. Operating at an altitude of 496 km, WorldView-1 has an average revisit time of 1.7 days and is capable of collecting over one million sq km per day of half-meter imagery. The satellite is also equipped with stateof-the-art geolocation accuracy capabilities and exhibits stunning agility with rapid targeting and efficient in-track stereo collection. WorldView-1 is currently on the move. Over the course of two years the orbit will be adjusted to achieve a descending node of 1:30pm.

Provides highly detailed imagery for precise map creation, change detection, and in-depth image analysis


  • 496 km altitude

  • Sun synchronous orbit

  • Orbits Earth every 95 minutes

  • Estimated service life of 10-12 years

  • 3.6 x 2.5 x 7.1 m in size (including solar arrays); 2290 kg mass

  • 3.2 kW solar array, 100 Ah battery

  • Panchromatic sensor: 450 – 800 nm

  • Sensor resolution at nadir: 0.55 m
    20° off-nadir: 0.55 m

  • 11 bits per pixel dynamic range

  • 17.7 km swath at nadir

  • 3-axis stabilized

  • Control moment gyroscope actuators

  • Sensors include star trackers, GPS, and a precision inertial reference unit (IRU)

  • 10 seconds to slew 200 km

  • 2199 GB solid state storage incorporating error detection and correction (EDAC)

  • 800 mbps max communications speed

  • 111 x 112 km maximum mono collection per pass (6 strips)

  • 51 x 112 km maximum stereo collection per pass (3 pairs)

  • Average revisit rate at 1.0 m resolution is 1.7 days; 5.4 days at 0.55 m resolution

  • demonstrated <4.0 m CE90 accuracy without ground control points

  • 1,300,000km2 collection capacity per day