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KUSA - A next generation commercial high-resolution imaging satellite is about to leave Colorado for a launch in California.

Boulder's Ball Aerospace & Technologies made the WorldView-3, the fourth remote-sensing satellite it has built for DigitalGlobe.

Ball describes it as the first multi-payload, super-spectral high resolution commercial satellite for Earth observations and "advanced geospatial solutions." DigitalGlobe says Worldview-3 has a number of advantages, including the ability to capture pictures at 1-foot, or 30-centimeters, resolution.

In addition to recording data in the visible and near-infrared parts of the solar spectrum, WorldView-3 also will be looking into the shortwave infrared spectrum, where scientists say there is a lot more information to be studied.

WorldView-3 will make it possible for agriculture researchers to measure crop inventory and the moisture content of soil. Forestry experts will be able to update tree counts and track the health of tree species. Other applications range from wildfire management to mining to geology.

WordView-3 will be moved to Vandenburg Air Force base in California for an August launch.

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