Worldview-1 was one of the first sub-meter resolution commercial satellites. Launched in 2007, Worldview-1 provides 50-cm resolution panchromatic imagery. Because of the agility of the satellite to reposition the satellite (i.e., angle the sensor at off-nadir angles), Worldivew-1 has a revisit time (i.e., can image the same place on the earth) of less than two days.
Worldview-1 is a single panchromatic sensor that was launched in September 2007
Worldview-1 has a single panchromatic band that captures reflected electromagnetic radiation between 0.4 and 0.9 μm. Imagery is recorded with a 11-bit radiometric depth.
The swath width of Worldview-1 is 17.6 km at nadir.
Image resolution of Worldview-1 imagery depends on the off-nadir angle at which it is collected. At nadir, Worldview-1 imagery has a ground resolution of 0.5m (50cm). At a 25-degree off-nadir angle, it has a resolution of 0.59m. The sensor is capable of looking as much as 45 degrees off nadir, however. At these extreme off-nadir angles, ground resolution will be greater than 1m.
Return interval also depends on off-nadir viewing angle. At a 25-degree off-nadir angle, revisit time is 4.6 days. At maximum off-nadir angle (+/- 45 degrees), revisit time is 1.7 days.
There are costs associated with Worldview-1 imagery. Products can be purchased directly from DigitaGlobe or one of its many resellers.
Products from DigitalGlobe come in three processing levels:
See http://www.digitalglobe.com/purchase for current pricing and licensing options.
From DigitalGlobe, Worldview-1 imagery can be obtained in a Geotiff format making it user friendly for geographic information systems such as ArcGIS and common image processing software. Alternatively, images can be in NITF 2.1 or NITF 2.0, a format primarily used by the intelligence and military communities.
None known at this time. Due to the fact that the sensor contains only 1 single band (panchromatic), its use for rangeland studies is somehow limited.
WorldView-1 images usually come in a user friendly Geotiff format, which is preferred because of its easy integration with GIS platforms like ArcGIS and image processing programs such as Erdas Imagine and ENVI. Geotiff images often come as one band per file. The size of the files will depend on the extent of the scene. Although the imgery has a fine spatial resolution, it collects data in only one band (panchromatic), causing flies to be relatively small. An image file is about 750KB or greater.
Louang Prahbang aerial view. Source: eMap International http://www.emap-int.com/
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