WorldView-3 Launch

A Roaring Start: WorldView-3 Satellite Launch

Atlas Launch of WorldView-3

The roar of an engine. Billowing smoke. A streak of fire racing across the sky. These are the sights and sounds of a satellite launching into space – exhilarating and anxious moments for the launch team and spectators alike.

More than 100 spacecraft – 117 to be exact – have journeyed into space aboard an Atlas rocket. For commercial missions, including the WorldView-3 satellite launch, Lockheed Martin, provides the Atlas V rocket continuing a nearly flawless track record.

Tune in August 13 to watch the WorldView-3 launch aboard Atlas V.

Anatomy of Atlas

Launch Facts:

Go Atlas! Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services Successfully Launches WorldView-3 Satellite

Rocket/Payload: Atlas V 401 flying the WorldView-3 mission for customer DigitalGlobe.

Date: Wednesday, August 13

Site: Space Launch Complex 3 East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

Launch Time: The launch window opens at 11:29 a.m. PDT and closes at 11:44 a.m. PDT. Separation occurs approximately 20 minutes after liftoff and signal acquisition is 77 minutes after launch.

Launch Notes:  WorldView-3 will be the 47th Atlas V mission since its inaugural flight in 2002. In all, there have been 117 successful Atlas launches in a row spanning more than two decades.

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Atlas V WorldView-3 Launch Highlights

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the WorldView-3 satellite for DigitalGlobe launches from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services procured the Atlas V for this mission. This is the fourth successful launch in six weeks and the 87th successful mission since ULA was formed in December 2006. (Video: United Launch Alliance)

WorldView-3: Ready for Launch

WorldView-3, the world’s first multi-payload, super-spectral, high-resolution commercial satellite for earth observations and advanced geospatial solutions, will launch into orbit on Aug. 13 aboard an Atlas rocket. Its data-rich imagery will discover new sources of minerals and fuels, manage forests and farms, and accelerate DigitalGlobe’s exploitation of Geospatial Big Data™ – a living digital inventory of the surface of the earth. (Video: Lockheed Martin/United Launch Alliance)

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