Ball completes environmental testing for WorldView-2

  • 03-Sep-2009 03:07 EDT

Having completed environmental testing for WorldView-2, Ball Aerospace engineers are now in the process of integrating the satellite with the launch vehicle at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Ball Aerospace & Technologies has completed environmental testing for the WorldView-2 remote sensing satellite built for DigitalGlobe and has begun post-environmental performance testing. WorldView-2 is the third satellite Ball has built for DigitalGlobe’s constellation of commercial remote sensing satellites. The satellite is scheduled to launch Oct. 6 from Vandenberg Air Force Base. WorldView-2 environmental testing included thermal vacuum, electromagnetic compatibility, electromagnetic interference, vibration, shock, and acoustic testing to confirm the design integrity of the spacecraft. The Ball Aerospace BCP 5000 spacecraft, used for both WorldView-1 and WorldView-2, is designed to handle both next-generation optical and synthetic aperture radar remote sensing payloads. The BCP 5000 has a design life of more than seven years.

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