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About WorldView-2

WorldView-2 is an imaging and environment-monitoring satellite from Maxar of the United States which launched on 8 October 2009 and remains operational.

It is the follow-on spacecraft to WorldView-1.

Mission Parameters
Orbit Altitude770 km
Orbit TypeSun-synchronous
Orbit Period100 minutes
Revisit TimeUp to 1.1 days
Equator Crossing Time10:30 am descending node

WorldView-2 Objectives

The overall objective is to meet the growing commercial demand for high-resolution satellite imagery. WorldView-2 provides commercially available panchromatic imagery of 0.46 m resolution, and eight-band multispectral imagery with 1.84 m resolution - representing one of the highest available spaceborne resolutions on the market.

WorldView-2 Instruments

WorldView-110 camera (WV110)

This instrument collects images at 0.41 metre panchromatic and 1.64 metre 8-band multi-spectral data. Along with the Pan (450-800 nm) and the four typical multispectral bands (blue, green, red, NIR), WorldView-2 has four additional bands for enhanced multispectral analysis (coastal blue, yellow, red edge, NIR2) designed to improve segmentation and classification of land and aquatic features.

WV110 Parameters
Imager typePushbroom imager (or a line scan imaging system)
Imaging modePanchromatic (Pan)Multispectral (MS) 8 bands
(4 standard + 4 additional colors)
Spectral range450-800 nm400-450 nm (coastal blue)
450-510 nm (blue)
510-580 nm (green)
585-625 nm (yellow)
630-690 nm (red)
705-745 nm (red edge)
770-895 nm (NIR1)
860-1040 nm (NIR2)
Spatial resolution at nadir0.46 m GSD (0.52 m at 20º off-nadir)1.8 m GSD (2.4 m at 20º off-nadir)
Swath width16.4 km (multiple adjoining paths can be imaged in a target area in a single orbit pass due to S/C agility)
DetectorsPan: Si CCD array (8 µm pixel size) with a row of > 35,000 detectors
MS: Si CCD 4 arrays (32 µm pixel size) with a row of > 9,300 detectors

Data quantization

11 bit

Geolocation accuracy of imagery

= 3 m (using a GPS receiver, a gyroscope and a star tracker) without any GCP (Ground Control Points)

TMA telescope with an aperture diameter of 1.1 m, focal length = 13.3 m, f/12

TDI (Time Delay Integration)6 selectable levels from 8 to 64 in Pan and MS
FOV (Field of View)> 1.28º
Instrument size3 m tall

WorldView-2 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.

The following collections are available:

ESA offers access to registered users through the Online Dissemination server to the following data collections: