DigitalGlobe satellite getting final tests

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Ball Aerospace and DigitalGlobe are doing final tests on a new commercial space imaging satellite, WorldView-3.

DigitalGlobe said Tuesday the initial launch window for its new satellite is Aug. 13-14 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

Ball built the satellite at its Boulder facility.

DigitalGlobe, based in nearby Longmont, provides images for NASA and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration as well as defense agencies. It also serves commercial customers.

The company says improvements in WorldView-3 over its previous satellites include the ability to correct for atmospheric distortions and to re-aim its sensors more quickly.

DigitalGlobe provides images for military and civil government agencies and industries including mining, oil and gas, utilities and insurance. It currently has five satellites in orbit.