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WorldView-2, launched in October 2009, is an imaging satellite of DigitalGlobe Inc. of Longmont, CO, USA (follow-on spacecraft to WorldView-1).

WorldView-2 collects images at 0.41m panchromatic and 1.64m 8-bands 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). Together they are designed to improve segmentation and classification of land and aquatic features beyond any other space-based remote sensing platform. The additional spectral bands also enable WorldView-2 to more accurately present the world as the human eye can perceive it, creating a more realistic "true colour" view of the world:

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A new angle for Third Party Missions data

25 April 2018

Recent changes for accessing ESA's Third Party Missions are bringing new benefits to users of Earth observation data worldwide.

Improved TPM online dissemination service available

09 June 2017

ESA is pleased to announce that an improved access to the collections distributed online by ESA through the Third Party Missions programme has been deployed.

Two enhanced features have been set up to ease access to these collections:

  • A TPM online access list has been created to provide users with a centralised access to all the TPM online collections dissemination systems (17 TPM collections)
  • A new online dissemination system providing a geographical catalogue, a folder tree access and a filename search has been deployed for 13 TPM collections

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Operator DigitalGlobe
Launch date 8 October 2009
Mission Life 10-12 years
Orbit Height 770km
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous, 10:30 am descending node
Orbit Period 100 minutes
Revisit Time Up to 1.1 days
Swath Width 16.4 km at nadir
Sensor Bands Panchromatic: 450 - 800 nm

8 Multispectral:
Coastal: 400 - 450 nm
Blue: 450 - 510 nm
Green: 510 - 580 nm
Yellow: 585 - 625 nm
Red: 630 - 690 nm
Red Edge: 705 - 745 nm
Near-IR1: 770 - 895 nm
Near-IR2: 860 - 1040 nm
Resolution Panchromatic:
• 46cm GSD at nadir
• 52cm GSD at 20° off-nadir

• 1.85m GSD at nadir
• 2.07m GSD at 20° off-nadir
Onboard sensors provided under TPM WV110 (WorldView-110 camera)