Mission typeEarth observation
COSPAR ID2007-041A
SATCAT no.32060
WebsiteDigitalGlobe WorldView-1
Mission durationPlanned: 7.25 years
Elapsed: 14 years, 29 days
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerBall Aerospace
Launch mass2,500 kilograms (5,500 lb)
Dimensions3.6 × 2.5 m (11.8 × 8.2 ft)
Power3200 watts
Start of mission
Launch date18 September 2007, 18:35:00 (2007-09-18UTC18:35) UTC[2]
RocketDelta II 7920-10C, D-326[2]
Launch siteVandenberg SLC-2W
ContractorBoeing / United Launch Alliance
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Semi-major axis6,872.02 km (4,270.08 mi)[3]
Perigee altitude497 km (309 mi)[3]
Apogee altitude504 km (313 mi)[3]
Inclination97.87 degrees[3]
Period94.49 minutes[3]
RAAN113.04 degrees[3]
Argument of perigee99.35 degrees[3]
Mean anomaly15.24 degrees[3]
Mean motion15.24[3]
Epoch25 January 2015, 02:44:46 UTC[3]
DigitalGlobe fleet

WorldView-1 (WV 1) is a commercial earth observation satellite owned by DigitalGlobe. WorldView-1 was launched 18 September 2007, followed later by the WorldView-2 in 2009.[4] First imagery from WorldView-1 was available in October 2007, prior to the six-year anniversary of the launch of QuickBird, DigitalGlobe's previous satellite.[5]

WorldView-1 was partially financed through an agreement with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Some of the imagery captured by WorldView-1 for the NGA is not available to the general public. However, WorldView-1 freed capacity on DigitalGlobe's QuickBird satellite to meet the growing commercial demand for multi-spectral geospatial imagery.[5]


Ball Aerospace built the WorldView-1 satellite bus and camera using an off-axis camera design identical to Quickbird, with the instrument's focal plane being supplied by ITT Exelis. The camera is a panchromatic imaging system featuring half-meter resolution imagery. With an average revisit time of 1.7 days, WorldView-1 is capable of collecting up to 750,000 square kilometers (290,000 sq mi) per day of half-meter imagery.[5]


See also


  1. ^ "WorldView 1 (WV 1)". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b c McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "WORLDVIEW 1 Satellite details 2007-041A NORAD 32060". N2YO. 25 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  4. ^ "DigitalGlobe announces Ball building WorldView 2 satellite". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 2 February 2007.
  5. ^ a b c "DigitalGlobe Successfully Launches Worldview-1". DigitalGlobe.
  6. ^ "WorldView-1 Data Sheet" (PDF). DigitalGlobe. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  7. ^ "WorldView-1 Satellite Imagery". Apollo Mapping. Retrieved 8 October 2018.

External links

  • WorldView-1 at