Environmental Monitoring

Exelis Delivers WorldView-3 Sensor Platform

September 12, 2013

The integrated, multimodality system provides DigitalGlobe’s satellite with a telescope, sensors, and shortwave infrared subsystem, supporting applications like soil and vegetation analysis, environmental monitoring, and land mapping.

ROCHESTER, NY /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Exelis has delivered an integrated, super-spectral payload, consisting of a telescope, sensor, and shortwave infrared system for the WorldView-3 satellite. WorldView-3 is the first multipayload, commercial satellite to carry such capabilities, and will allow DigitalGlobe to further expand its imagery product offerings.

"We met additional requirements and delivered the integrated, multimodality system within a tight timeframe," said Kyle Schmackpfeffer, Exelis Geospatial Systems Director of Mapping and Resource Management and Space Situational Awareness. "Meeting DigitalGlobe's additional requirement for a shortwave infrared (SWIR) subsystem capability one year into the original contract demonstrates our agility and strong program execution."

The SWIR bands will penetrate haze, fog, smog, dust, smoke, mist, and cirrus clouds and allow clearer identification of materials not visible to the human eye. This capability will be very useful in applications for oil, gas, vegetation, and a number of other uses. For example, the shortwave infrared capability will allow oil and gas companies better mineral characterization to build more accurate geological models for drilling.

"WorldView-3 is a strategic next step in DigitalGlobe's mission to maximize value across an increasing range of customer applications, and the Exelis systems will play a role in helping us meet these goals," said Dr. Walter Scott, Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of DigitalGlobe. "We're thrilled to continue our working relationship with Exelis in developing WorldView-3."

DigitalGlobe's WorldView-3 satellite is scheduled to launch in mid-2014 and will be capable of as good as 0.25 m resolution. The Exelis telescope and sensors offer new and enhanced applications, including mapping, land classifications, disaster preparedness and response, soil and vegetation analysis, geology uses, environmental monitoring, and coastal applications.

Exelis was selected in 2010 to build the imaging system, including the panchromatic and visible-near infrared multispectral sensor system and an optical telescope unit. Multispectral shortwave IR was added later to accommodate more robust capability needs and represents the first time SWIR has been available on a commercial satellite.

Exelis has designed and built imaging systems for each of DigitalGlobe's current satellite constellation, including WorldView-1, WorldView-2, IKONOS, GeoEye-1, GeoEye-2 and QuickBird.

About Exelis
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. We are a leader in critical networks, ISR and analytics, electronic warfare, navigation, sensors, air traffic solutions, communications, and information systems and have strong positions in composite aerostructures, logistics, and technical services. Headquartered in McLean, VA, the company employs about 19,000 people and generated 2012 sales of $5.5 billion. For more information, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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