“We’re thrilled to deliver yet another satellite to orbit for DigitalGlobe,” Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services President Steve Skladanek said. “Our Atlas rocket brings unparalleled precision and reliability to every mission it carries.”
Lockheed Martin launched the satellite from its Space Launch Complex 3 East, the same launch site for DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 satellite, via an Atlas V 401 rocket. This was the 137th consecutive successful Atlas launch.
The satellite will be capture images from 400 miles into space that are clear enough to distinguish sedans from vans and trucks. The satellite will travel at 17,000 miles per hour and orbit Earth every 90 minutes.
The WorldView-4 satellite will join DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 satelite in its advanced constellation scheduling system, and in doing so double the company’s coverage of commercial satellite imagery, which boasts the highest resolution in the world. The new satellite will allow DigitalGlobe to faster grow its library of time-lapse, high-resolution imagery, which already spans 16 years.