WorldView-3 is the industry’s first multi-payload, super-spectral, high-resolution commercial satellite. Operating at an altitude of 617 km, WorldView-3 provides 31 cm panchromatic resolution, 1.24 m multispectral resolution, 3.7 m short-wave infrared resolution, and 30 m CAVIS resolution. WorldView-3 has an average revisit time of less than one day and is capable of collecting up to 680,000 sq km per day, further enhancing the Maxar collection capacity for more rapid and reliable collection.

Very High Resolution

Panchromatic 31 cm

Visible & near-infrared 1.24 m

Short-wave infrared 3.7 m

CAVIS 30 m

Rapid retargeting using Control Moment Gyros

Satellite Imagery Data

WorldView-3 Specs

Launch Information

Date: September 18, 2007
Launch Vehicle: Delta 7920 (9 strap-ons)
Launch Site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, California



Altitude: 617 km
Type: Sun synchronous, 10:30 am descending node
Period: 97 min

spacecraft size

Spacecraft Size, Mass and Power

Size: 5.7 m (18.7 ft) tallx2.5 m (8 ft) across
7.1 m (23 ft) across deployed solar arrays
Mass: 2800 kg (6200 lbs)
Power: 3.1 kW solar array, 100 Ahr battery

Sensor bands

Sensor Bands

Panchromatic: 450–800 nm
8 Multispectral: 397-1039 nm
8 SWIR Bands: 1184-2373 nm
12 CAVIS Bands: 405-2245 nm

Sensor Resolution

Sensor Resolution

Panchromatic nadir: 0.31 m
20 degrees off-nadir: 0.34 m
Multispectral nadir: 1.24 m
20 degrees off-nadir: 1.38 m
SWIR nadir: 3.70 m
20 degrees off-nadir: 4.10 m
CAVIS nadir: 30.00 m

Dynamic Range

Dynamic Range

11-bits per pixel pan and MS; 14-bits per pixel SWIR


Swath Width

At nadir: 13.1 km


Attitude Determination & Control

Type: 3-axis Stabilized
Actuators: Control Moment Gyros (CMGs)
Sensors: Star trackers, precision IRU, GPS

Point accuracy

Pointing Accuracy & Knowledge

Accuracy: <500 m at image start/stop
Knowledge: Supports geolocation accuracy below


Retargeting Agility

Time to slew 200 km: 12 sec

Max Contiguous

Onboard Storage

2199 GB solid state with EDAC



Image & ancillary data: 800 and 1200 mbps X-band
Housekeeping: 4, 16, 32, or 64 kbps real time, 524 kbps stored, X-band
Command: 2 or 64 kbps S-band

Max Contiguous

Max Contiguous Area Collected in a Single Pass (30° off-nadir)

Mono: 66.5 kmx112 km (5 strips)
Stereo: 26.6 kmx112 km (2 pairs)


Revisit Frequency (at 40°N Latitude)

1 m GSD: <1.0 day
4.5 days at 20 degrees off-nadir or less


Accuracy (CE90)

Predicted <3.5 m CE90 without ground control



680,000 sq km per day

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