Geospatial data helps governments be more efficient: It can help a thriving metropolis monitor growth and identify newly taxable land parcels; developing countries tackle sustainability issues as rural populations migrate to urban areas; and first responders in a disaster zone track unfolding events and deploy aid faster. The applications are endless. The more accurate the information, the bigger the impact on mission critical activities.
DigitalGlobe is at the forefront of delivering geospatial data. As a provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions, DigitalGlobe helps decision makers better understand our changing planet in order to save lives, resources and time. Customers include defense and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, navigation technology, and providers of location-based services.
In August, DigitalGlobe launched WorldView-3 into orbit. Six days after launch, their team completed commissioning the satellite bus and opened the door on the main telescope to begin observing our changing planet. And on August 21, they completed their focusing and achieved Initial Operational Capability (“IOC”) on the entire suite of WorldView-3’s 27 super-spectral bands.
What does this mean for DigitalGlobe customers? This product delivers highly precise images of our changing planet, giving decision makers critical, real time information in managing Earth’s natural resources. With WorldView-3, DigitalGlobe can automatically distinguish different colors, textures and measure change over time, which is important for the energy sector, conservationists, and governments. The Short Wave Infra-Red (SWIR) sensor will multiply the value of WorldView-3 imagery by enabling the detection of specific mineral content and species of vegetation through signatures not identifiable with the naked eye.
Jeff Tarr, Chief Executive Officer, said: “Even in the early stages of calibration and commissioning, WorldView-3 is revealing new insights that will enable customers to address some of the most pressing global challenges. WorldView-3 performance is exceeding our expectations and is a great step forward in helping our customers make critical decisions with confidence as they save lives, resources and time.”
WorldView-3 can also more accurately monitor the rate of development and investment at a regional or global scale. This includes the rate of construction as well as finer details like building materials, roof-top reflectance, road networks and population density, which is valuable to governments, industry and location based service customers.
DigitalGlobe continues to refine its products, delivering increasingly accurate and actionable data to its customers. These innovations have earned DigitalGlobe a FedPulse winning contractor commendation.