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About WorldView-1

WorldView-1 is an environment-monitoring satellite from Maxar of the United States which launched on 18 September 2007 and remains operational.

It became the world's first 50 cm resolution commercial imaging satellite.

Mission Parameters
Orbit Altitude496 km
Orbit TypeSun-synchronous
Orbit Period94.6 minutes
Orbit Inclination97.2°
Repeat Cycle14 days
Equator Crossing Time10:30 am descending node
Revisit Time1.7 days at 1-metre GSD resolution

WorldView-1 Objectives

WorldView-1 freed capacity on Maxar's QuickBird satellite to meet the growing commercial demand for multi-spectral geospatial imagery.

WorldView-1 Instruments

WorldView-60 camera (WV60)

This is a panchromatic-only instrument which produces black and white imagery.

WorldView-60 camera Parameters
Instrument Optics- Use of QuickBird optical bench design
- Telescope of 60 cm aperture
Spectral Range (panchromatic imagery only)0.45 - 0.90 µm
Spatial Resolution (GSD)- 50 cm panchromatic at nadir
- 55 cm out to 20º off-nadir
Swath Width17.6 km at nadir
Revisit Frequency- 1.7 days at 1 m GSD or less
- 5.9 days at 20º off-nadir or less (0.51 m GSD)
Detectors- Silicon CCD array (8 µm pixel size) with a row of > 35,000 detectors
- The array includes 64 stages of TDI (35,000 columns and 64 rows)
TDI (Time Delay Integration)6 selectable levels from 8 to 64
Data Quantization11 bit
Geolocation accuracy of imagery after processing- 5.8 to 7.6 m without GPCs
- 2 m with GPCs
Instrument Mass, Power380 kg, 250 W

WorldView-1 Data


These collections are available as part of the Maxar Standard Satellite Imagery products and are distributed by European Space Imaging (EUSI).

ESA will support as many high-quality and innovative projects as possible within the quota limit available, therefore only a limited amount of products can be made available to each project.

Moreover, ESA offers to registered users access through the Online Dissemination server to the following data collection: