14 August 2014
The Worldview-3 satellite was launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket on Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The satellite, owned by DigitalGlobe and built by Ball Aerospace, is designed to capture high-resolution pictures of Earth, and is capable of collecting information in 29 different spectral bands. Touting the ability of the satellite to capture small images, Neal Anderson, DigitalGlobe’s vice president for Technology, said, “From 400 miles we can see home plate of a baseball stadium.” The satellite is the first spacecraft to launch since the U.S. Commerce Department decided to loosen federal regulations on space-based commercial imagery resolution. (Image Credit: ULA)
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