Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., a unit of
), has begun the integration phase for Worldview-3, the next
generation commercial remote-sensing satellite. The satellite,
which is being built for DigitalGlobe, is scheduled to be
launched in mid-2014.
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Ball Aerospace in association with DigitalGlobe, had delivered
advanced imaging satellites, including WorldView-2, WorldView-1
and QuickBird. Worldview-3 is based upon the WorldView-2 and
WorldView-1 technology. It will carry forward the satellite's
advanced control moment gyroscopes (CMGs). The integration
including CMGs and the propulsion module is currently in
Worldview-3 is the third satellite in the series of Ball
Commercial Platform (BCP) 5000, especially designed for
cost-effective remote sensing applications. WorldView-3 will be a
highly capable spacecraft based on a low risk design.
The U.S. government has brought certain restrictions for non-U.S.
government customers regarding DigitalGlobe's infrared imagery,
which are limited to 50 centimeters panchromatic, 2.0 meter
multispectral or, 7.5 meter Short Wave Infrared (SWIR).
WorldView-3, in line with the limitations, will offer 31
centimeter resolution panchromatic, 1.24 meter resolution
eight-band multispectral and 3.72 meter resolution eight-band
WorldView-3 is having its unique capacity to sense both the
visible spectrum as well as the infrared spectrum and will
provide a rich dataset to DigitalGlobe. The technology will
precisely identify different manmade and natural materials. The
satellite will be launched after a successful sensor integration,
inspection and environmental testing.
DigitalGlobe, which is a leading provider of high-resolution
earth imagery solutions, will have the largest high resolution
satellite imagery collection capacity in the industry with
Broomfield, Colo.-based Ball Corp., which belongs to the
containers and packaging industry along with
Mobile Mini, Inc.
Crown Holdings Inc.
), is the largest manufacturer of beverage cans in North America.
It also supplies aerospace and other technologies and offers
services to government and commercial customers.
Ball Corp. currently retains a short-term Zacks Rank #3