DigitalGlobe is getting ready to launch its next commercial Earth imaging satellite, WorldView-2, and you can watch the launch live. Although slightly delayed, the plan for WorldView-2′s launch is now set for Thursday, October 8th at 11:38 a.m. Pacific time. The satellite will be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. WorldView-2 will have an 8-band multispectral imaging capability, including near-IR and near-IR2 bands, which will allow the data it captured to be used for multiple types of remote sensing analyses, including change detection and vegetation analyses. With the spec sheet listing the multispectral resolution at just under 2 meters (panchromatic is at 46cm), WorldView-2 will gather multispectral data at a much finer resolution than that of Landsat products (Landsat imagery is free however).
The launch webcast will be available through Boeing’s website here. (The webcast will be live on the launch day).