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Testing Progresses on WorldView-3 Satellite

WorldView-3. Credit: Ball Aerospace photo

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. of Boulder, Colo., has completed a series of environmental tests of the WorldView-3 commercial imaging satellite for DigitalGlobe, the manufacturer announced April 8.

The satellite, equipped with a multisensor payload, is slated to launch in mid-August from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., aboard an Atlas 5 rocket. 

WorldView-3 is the fourth satellite built by Ball for Longmont, Colo.-based DigitalGlobe, whose biggest single customer is the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. The company currently operates five satellites of varying capabilities.

The satellite completed thermal vacuum, acoustic, vibration and pyro-separation tests, the release said. Electromagnetic interference and compatibility testing is expected to be completed before the end of April, the release said. 

“Successful completion of the major environmental testing is the latest example of Ball’s reputation for providing DigitalGlobe with the most agile, advanced platforms for remote-sensing,” Cary Ludtke, vice president and general manager for Ball’s Operational Space business unit, said in a release.

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