Lockheed Martin to Launch DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-4 Satellite Sept. 16

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, California, Sept. 13, 2016 – Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] is set to launch the WorldView-4 high-resolution imaging satellite for DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE:DGI), aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Sept. 16, 2016. WorldView-4, also built by Lockheed Martin, will capture photos and data about earth.

Rocket/Payload: Atlas V 401 flying the WorldView-4 mission for customer DigitalGlobe.

Location: Space Launch Complex 3 East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

Date/Time: Friday, Sept. 16, 2016

Launch Time: The launch window opens at 11:30 a.m. PDT and closes at 11:44 a.m. PDT. Separation occurs approximately 20 minutes after liftoff.

Mission Description: This mission will deliver the WorldView-4 satellite into a 617 km, sun-synchronous orbit for DigitalGlobe, the global leader in earth imagery and information about our changing planet.

  • By leveraging DigitalGlobe’s advanced constellation scheduling system to operate in concert with WorldView-3, WorldView-4 will more than double DigitalGlobe’s coverage of the world’s highest-resolution 30 cm commercial satellite imagery.
  • Once launched, the satellite will orbit earth every 90 minutes, traveling 17,000 miles per hour and capturing as much as 680,000 square kilometers of the Earth’s surface daily (18 terabytes) – the equivalent of the land area of Texas.
  • Also aboard the launch will be seven U.S. Government-owned CubeSats that will be deployed after separation of the WorldView-4 satellite.

Launch Provider: Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services is the exclusive provider of Atlas V rockets to all non-U.S. government customers. With dedicated launch sites and unparalleled orbital insertion accuracy, Atlas V is unmatched for performance, reliability and schedule assurance.

Updates: To keep up-to-speed with updates to the launch and learn more about the WorldView-4 mission visit www.lockheedmartin.com/worldview4.  

About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 98,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.