Earth imaging satellite launched from California

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Associated Press

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 1:11 PM

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A high-resolution commercial Earth-imaging satellite has been launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California coast.

A Delta 2 rocket carrying DigitalGlobe Inc.'s WorldView-2 satellite lifted off Thursday and arced south over the Pacific toward a 477-mile-high orbit.

The spacecraft is DigitalGlobe's third remote-sensing satellite. It was designed to provide images with higher levels of feature identification and to more accurately show the world's natural colors.

Longmont, Colo.-based DigitalGlobe provides world images for defense and intelligence, civil governments and commercial clients. It will report its third-quarter financial results on Nov. 9.

WorldView-2 was built by Ball Aerospace of Boulder, Colo.

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