Earth Observation Mission News
DigitalGlobe launches super-sharp WorldView-3 Earth imager
13 August 2014
The most powerful commercial imaging satellite ever built has gone into orbit from California, US. DigitalGlobe's WorldView-3 spacecraft will return pictures of the Earth's surface down to a resolution of 31cm.
Until recently, the company was restricted to selling images sharper than 50cm only to the US government.
DigitalGlobe's products will be familiar to anyone using Google or Bing maps - both run on views captured by the firm's satellites.
But its pictures also find wide application in areas such as scientific investigations, urban planning, forestry and agricultural monitoring, and in mineral exploration.
Source: BBC News
Image credit: Lockheed Martin - Atlas rocket launch, carrying WorldView-3