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DigitalGlobe loses WorldView-4 satellite to gyro failure

07 January 2019

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DigitalGlobe announced Monday that its WorldView-4 satellite has malfunctioned.

In a statement, DigitalGlobe, a division of Maxar Technologies, said the control moment gyros on WorldView-4, launched in November 2016, have failed, preventing the spacecraft from pointing accurately.

The company said that while efforts are continuing to restore the spacecraft, "Maxar believes that WorldView-4 will likely not be recoverable and will no longer produce usable imagery."

Source: SpaceNews

Image credit: Lockheed Martin - Employees at Lockheed Martin complete final preparations of the WorldView-4 imaging satellite as the team prepares for the upcoming launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base

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