Explore instruments used in WorldView-4 mission.


WorldView-4 DATA

WorldView-4 data is freely and openly available to everyone.


WorldView-4 was an imaging and environment-monitoring satellite from DigitalGlobe of the United States, which offered very high resolution imagery.

About WorldView-4

WorldView-4 satellite. © DigitalGlobe, Inc.

WorldView-4 was an imaging and environment-monitoring satellite from DigitalGlobe of the United States, which launched on 11 November 2016 to enhance European Space Imaging's customer offering with very high resolution imagery options.

Operating in coordination with WorldView-3 and the other satellites of the WorldView constellation, it offered high-resolution imagery at 31 cm resolution in panchromatic mode and 1.23 m in multispectral mode; it provided large area single pass (synoptic) collection, which eliminates temporal variations and offers geolocation accuracy and bi-directional scanning with daily revisits.

On 7 January 2019, WorldView-4 was retired when the satellite experienced a failure in its CMGs (Control Moment Gyros), preventing the satellite from collecting imagery due to the loss of an axis of stability.

Mission parameters
Orbit altitude 617 km
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous
Orbit Period 97 minutes
Equator Crossing Time 10:30am Descending node

WorldView-4 is part of ESA's Third Party Missions programme, in which ESA has an agreement with DigitalGlobe to distribute data products from the mission.

WorldView-4 Objectives

WorldView-4 offered multispectral, high-resolution satellite imagery; it was capable of collecting up to 680,000 km2 per day and had the ability to collect data for large-area mapping projects at the highest available resolution.

WorldView-4 Instruments

SpaceView-110 camera (WV110)

The WV110 instrument collected images at 0.31 metre panchromatic and 1.24 metre in the Visible and Near-Infrared bands. WorldView-4 was capable of rapid retargeting through the use of its Control Moment Gyros.

  Band name Spectral band GSD (Ground Sample Distance)
Panchromatic band (1) 450 - 800 nm Nadir: 0.31 m
20° off-nadir: 0.34 m
56° Off-Nadir: 1.00 m
MS (Multispectral) bands (4)
in VNIR (Visible Near Infrared)
Blue 450 - 510 nm Nadir: 1.24 m
20° off-nadir: 1.38 m
56° Off-Nadir: 4.00 m
Green 510 - 580 nm
Red 655 - 690 nm
Near-IR 780 - 920 nm
Data quantization


11 bit/pixel
Swath width 13.1 km
Revisit frequency
(at 40º N latitude)
1 m GSD: <1.0 day
Total constellation > 4.5 accesses / day


Geolocation accuracy Predicted <5 m CE90 without ground control

WorldView-4 Data


ESA is offering for scientific research and application development, access to the full archive from the Worldview-4 mission. Access to the data is granted upon acceptance of submitted proposals for the data.

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

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