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A New View in 2009: DigitalGlobe Announces Launch of New Satellite
The launch partner for DigitalGlobe’s new WorldView-2 satellite has finally been announced. The first satellite to detect four additional bands of color, this earth-orbiter will soon produce some of the most accurate satellite images available.
To view an image of the WorldView-2 visit http://www.satimagingcorp.com/
Satellite imaging has uses in hundreds of industries including agriculture, coastal management, environmental studies, defense mapping, urban planning, homeland security, and disaster relief. The technology has also found mass appeal in online applications like Google Earth, Google Maps and MSN Live Search Maps, which offer users satellite images of locations around the globe.
The WorldView-2, which costs around $400 million, is the only satellite of its kind to be built without any government funding.
WorldView-2 will offer several improvements on its predecessor’
Additionally, WorldView-2 will introduce four new bands of color: coastal, red edge, yellow, and near-infrared-
“The greatest advantage of the WorldView-2 is the additional bands,” said Leo Romeijn of Houston-based Satellite Imaging Corporation. “Using this satellite, you’ll detect more information from the surface of the earth.”
Previous high-resolution satellite images were only available in panchromatic and four standard colors: red, green, blue (RGB), and near-infrared (NIR). The addition of WorldView-2’
“If you’re looking at a forest or agriculture crops, the additional bands can help you far better analyze the health and vigor of the crops and forest vegetation. That’s a big advantage – the WorldView-2 is going to be a good system to work with,” Romeijn said.
Satellite Imaging Corporation is one of many companies that processes and interprets images gathered from DigitalGlobe’