ITT sensors aboard DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-1 satellite capture first high-resolution images
White Plains, N.Y. - Following the successful mid-September launch of DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-1 remote sensing satellite, the company has released three initial images captured by the advanced onboard sensor system, developed and built by ITT Corporation’s Space Systems Division.
WorldView-1’s first black and white, sub-meter resolution images include shots of Houston, Texas, Yokohama, Japan, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The ITT imaging sensor used on WorldView-1 to capture these photographs has twice the resolution of its predecessor and allows viewers to see things on the ground as small as a half meter (approximately 20 inches) in diameter. The pictures can be viewed on ITT’s Web site at: http://itt.com/news/news_101507.asp .
“These first images from WorldView-1 dramatically illustrate the capability of the half-meter imaging sensor developed by ITT,” said Frank Koester, vice president and director, commercial and space sciences, ITT Space Systems Division. “We continue to work closely with DigitalGlobe as WorldView-1 becomes fully operational and on delivery next year of an eight band color imaging sensor for WorldView-2.”
ITT was selected in September 2003 by DigitalGlobe to build the imaging sensor for the WorldView-1 satellite, which is sponsored by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to fill imagery and geospatial needs for military, intelligence, foreign policy, homeland security and civil users.
Scheduled for completion in late 2008, WorldView-2 will feature an ITT eight-band multi-spectral system that will deliver life-like true color imagery.
ITT’s Space Systems Division provides innovative solutions to customers in the Department of Defense, Intelligence, Space Science and Commercial Aerospace to help them visualize and understand critical events happening on Earth, in the air, or in space in time to take effective action. Leveraging its comprehensive remote sensing and navigation capabilities, ITT’s solutions span from image and data collection through processing and dissemination. Key applications include intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; high-resolution commercial imaging; space science; meteorology and Earth sciences; GPS navigation; and image and data processing and dissemination.
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