DigitalGlobe, provider of the most detailed satellite imagery available on the commercial market, has completed on-orbit checkout and commissioning of their latest bird: WorldView 4. WorldView 4 is a twin to WorldView 3, offering an unprecedented 1-foot resolution with its 3.6 foot aperture main telescope. But since WorldView 3 is completely booked by the US military, WorldView 4 opens up this capability to the public. In fact, it began acquiring images for paying customers on February 1, so this capability is already very real.
To commemorate the occasion, DigitalGlobe released this spectacular image, shot by WorldView 2, of SLC-3 at Vandenberg AFB right as the Atlas V rocket climbed away with WorldView 4 on board:
Here are some pretty rocket videos to enjoy. 😉 First, from last week, the Atlas V launch of the WorldView 4 commercial imaging satellite, from Vandenberg AFB:
And then, in preparation for launch this week, here’s the Soyuz MS-03 rocket stack rollout at Baikonur Cosmodrome:
The Atlas V launch carrying the WorldView 4 commercial imaging satellite scheduled from Vandenberg has been scrubbed again. It scrubbed Friday due to an apparent liquid hydrogen leak, and today was scrubbed because of a wildfire south of the pad. The wildfire doesn’t present any immediate danger to the launch complex, but firefighters can’t fight it while they’re on standby for a launch. Fighting the fire is more important, of course, so ULA is standing down for today, to allow the firefighting crews to tackle the blaze. The range unfortunately is no longer available after today, so they will have to wait for an opportunity on Monday, September 26.