27 August 2014
DigitalGlobe said it has released the first images taken with the Exelis-built (NYSE: XLS) integrated, super-spectral imaging system on the WorldView-3 satellite, which launched last week from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
The images, taken at 617 kilometers above earth, are of Madrid, Spain.
Exelis built the integrated, super-spectral imaging system consisting of a telescope, sensor and shortwave infrared system, making WorldView-3 the first high-resolution commercial imaging satellite to feature such capabilities and allowing DigitalGlobe to expand its imagery product offerings.
WorldView-3 collects imagery 31 centimeter resolution, delivering 5 times the clarity of other commercial providers. With the most spectral diversity, the satellite´s SWIR bands will allow for accurate imaging through haze, fog, dust, smoke, and other airborne particulates.
The new capabilities will help solve tough customer problems across a variety of applications, including accurate crop mapping; efficient site selection, exploration and environmental monitoring for the energy industry; and mineral identification and chemical measurements to support mining.
Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense, information and services company that leverages a 50-year legacy of deep customer knowledge and technical expertise to deliver affordable, mission-critical solutions for global customers. For more information, visit our website at www.exelisinc.com