Seeing a Better World™

WorldView-3: Three Things You Should Know

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With the launch of WordView-3 taking place in August, the excitement in our offices is abundant. In great anticipation we are focusing on the fact that WorldView-3 will enhance our industry-leading constellation by three main capabilities as well as change the way we perceive the Earth today.

  • Resolution – WorldView-3’s 31cm resolution makes it the highest resolution commercial satellite in the world, enabling us to provide more answers from imagery to our customers.
  • SWIR – Short-Wave Infrared (SWIR) bands add spectral coverage to the invisible range. SWIR bands unlock a whole new realm of sensitivity that allows our customers to drill deeper into the perception of objects through the penetration of fog, smoke, and haze, along with deeper band combinations and added capabilities for vegetation and mineral analysis.  This will be particularly important to industries like Agriculture, Oil & Gas and Mining.
  • CAVIS – The CAVIS (Clouds, Aerosols, Water Vapor, Ice and Snow) instrument, designed by Ball Aerospace, brings an unprecedented level of consistency in data, paving the way to standardization of satellite imagery. CAVIS corrects for the inconsistencies caused by certain conditions, offering standardized imagery no matter where or when the data was captured. This standardization will introduce a new age in automated information extraction and change detection.

You can see specific examples and get updates and more information on our recently launched WorldView-3 page.

We’ve hit another Milestone!
Last Friday marked the safe arrival of WorldView-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The WorldView-3 spacecraft passed a full suite of environmental, functional and performance tests in prepartation for integration with the launch vehicle. We are thrilled to be one step closer to launch!

What does WorldView-3 mean to you?
Our Founder and CTO, Dr. Walter Scott discusses how WorldView-3 will enable our customers to Seeing A Better World™

This is the first blog post in a bi-weekly series that will lead up to our launch. We are thrilled to be working with our partners Ball Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, ULA, and Exelis.

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DigitalGlobe Hosts U.S. Secretary of Commerce Pritzker for a Discussion on Commerce in Colorado

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On Tuesday, June 24, DigitalGlobe hosted U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and representatives of prominent Colorado companies for a roundtable discussion in Denver. The group discussed various topics, including the strength of the aerospace workforce in Colorado and the recent decision by the Department of Commerce to relax restrictions on commercial satellite imagery. Secretary Pritzker also addressed the Clinton Global Initiative’s CGI America event, where she spoke about educating and employing America’s future leaders.

Before the roundtable event, Secretary Pritzker was briefed by DigitalGlobe CEO Jeffrey R. Tarr and Ball Aerospace CEO Robert D. Strain on the global challenges that the WorldView-3 satellite, planned for launch in mid-August, is uniquely positioned to address. WorldView-3 will be capable of capturing images at a resolution of 0.31 m, which is a level of detail only available to U.S. government customers before the regulation was modified following an inter-agency review process coordinated by Secretary Pritzker. The satellite was built for DigitalGlobe by Ball Aerospace Corp., with contributions from Exelis, Inc., United Launch Alliance, and Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services.

“Hosting Secretary Pritzker in our home state was a proud moment for DigitalGlobe, and we truly appreciate her leadership of the U.S. Department of Commerce,” Tarr said. “By approving our license to sell the best quality imagery from our industry-leading satellite constellation, the administration has ensured that the United States will continue to play a leading role in the dynamic and growing global market for geospatial products and analysis.”

“The change in imagery restrictions is timely with the approaching launch this summer of WorldView-3, which Ball built for DigitalGlobe,” Strain said. “The improved resolution imagery it will provide to DigitalGlobe customers around the world, as the first multi-payload, super-spectral, high-resolution commercial satellite, will greatly enhance our views of the earth.”

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Priztker met with DigitalGlobe CEO Jeff Tarr and Ball Aerospace CEO Rob Strain. Also pictured: a model of the WorldView-3 satellite that is undergoing final preparations for a planned mid-August launch.

The Faces of DigitalGlobe: Pierre Izard

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The Faces of DigitalGlobe is a series of blog posts highlighting individuals and teams within DigitalGlobe.

This month, we are highlighting Pierre Izard, Director, Global Strategic Alliances. Pierre  joined DigitalGlobe in 2000 and is currently developing the company’s Global Strategic Alliances program.  Pierre has contributed in a broad range of leadership roles at DigitalGlobe in Operations, Product, and Labs.  Prior to joining DigitalGlobe, Pierre served as a civilian geospatial intelligence analyst at the National Imagery and Mapping Agency and as an Open Source Analyst at SAIC’s Foreign Systems Research Center. Pierre holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Franklin and Marshall College and a Master of Arts from the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies where he focused his studies on Economics and Technology.

1. What might you find yourself doing around 10 a.m. on a regular work day?

I am most likely involved in a conversation with a close partner, working with my counterparts to understand pain points and priorities, and collaborating to help them unlock scale, efficiency, adoption, or any other metric that’s critical to their plan.  Our greatest challenge right now is focus, we must better prioritize the many opportunities and make sure we focus our talent and resources on efforts that will maximize outcomes for our partners and shareholders.

2. What’s the most interesting use case or problem that you’ve seen DigitalGlobe solve?

We, together with our partners, help our customers understand our world, make sense of their geographies, and we help save human lives.  This will get anyone out of bed in the morning.

3. How does your current role support DigitalGlobe’s Purpose Vision and Values (PVV)?

We take great care to make sure our Alliance partners understand the Purpose, Vision, and Values that guide our decisions and behaviors.  If our partners don’t have the same focus and emphasis, the relationship will not go very far.  We do not want partners that wouldn’t feel comfortable signing the PVV banner that hangs in our headquarters.

4. If you could add any technology/capability to DigitalGlobe’s assets, what would it be?

I would advocate for a simple, performant, documented, stable image catalog discovery interface that can address the needs of prospects, programmers, and partners.  I have simple needs.

5. What is your favorite restaurant in the Longmont area?

Any place that can serve a decent cassoulet like my Aunt Monique’s.  Have not found one yet.  A close substitute would be Georgia Boys in downtown Longmont.