Explore instruments used in WorldView-2 mission.


WorldView-2 DATA

WorldView-2 data is freely and openly available to everyone.


WorldView-2 is an environment-monitoring satellite from DigitalGlobe which presents images as the human eye can perceive them, creating a more realistic 'true colour' view of the world.

About WorldView-2

WorldView-2 is an imaging and environment-monitoring satellite from DigitalGlobe 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 Altitude 770 km
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous
Orbit Period 100 minutes
Revisit Time Up to 1.1 days
Equator Crossing Time 10:30 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 type

Pushbroom imager (or a line scan imaging system)

Imaging mode

Panchromatic (Pan)

Multispectral (MS) 8 bands
(4 standard + 4 additional colors)

Spectral range

450-800 nm

400-450 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 nadir

0.46 m GSD (0.52 m at 20º off-nadir)

1.8 m GSD (2.4 m at 20º off-nadir)

Swath width

16.4 km (multiple adjoining paths can be imaged in a target area in a single orbit pass due to S/C agility)


Pan: 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 size

3 m tall

WorldView-2 Data


Download data from the WorldView-2 mission through the ESA TPM Online Dissemination system. The data is freely available to registered EO Sign In users.


ESA is offering, for scientific research and application development, access to Full archive and New Tasking data from WorldView-2 missions upon submission and acceptance of project proposal.

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 collection is available:


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

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