Series of satellites for high-resolution land observation.
Commercially-based programme, initiated in 1993 by WorldView Imaging Corporation replaced by EarthWatch Incorporated in 1995 and finally DigitalGlobe since 2002.
The platforms are actively stabilised over 3 axes.
The design life time is 7 years.
The satellites exploit a sunsynchronous orbit around 10:30.
The replacement policy is to launch satellites at roughly 5-year intervals.
For details on the DigitalGlobe company see
Data are stored onboard and downlinked to stations managed by DigitalGlobe.
In addition, real-time data are downlinked to appointed local users.
Data distribution is implemented by DigitalGlobe through a number of cooperating entities.
2001 - 2023
Associated satellites and instruments
Note: red tag => no longer operational , green tag => operational
, blue tag => planned