A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket has launched a satellite for a company specializing in high-resolution Earth imagery.
The launch of DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-4 satellite originally was scheduled for June 29 but was postponed several times.
The satellite was built by Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed Martin. DigitalGlobe is based in Westminster, Colo.
Featuring a high-res camera system built by Harris Corp. of Melbourne, Fla., the WorldView-4 becomes the fourth satellite in a constellation operated by DigitalGlobe, which also operates civilian remote-sensing spacecrafts.
“Congratulations to the entire mission team,” said Gary Wentz, ULA’s VP of human and commercial services. “This morning’s Atlas V launch delivered the WorldView-4 satellite into near sun-synchronous orbit during a flawless flight.”
The launch was ULA’s ninth this year and the 112th successful launch since it was formed in 2006. The Centennial, Colo.-based company is a 50-50 joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin.