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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Team Vandenberg is scheduled to launch the WorldView-3 satellite on an Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex-3 here Wednesday, Aug. 13, with a launch window opening at 11:29 a.m. PDT.

The WorldView-3 satellite was built by DigitalGlobe and United Launch Alliance builds and flies the rocket. The 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base is responsible for range safety and launch operations.

Col. Marc Del Rosario, 30th Operations Group commander, will be the launch decision authority.

"The entire 30th Space Wing team of military, government civilians, and contractors are all honored to launch the first Atlas V commercial mission from Vandenberg AFB. The team's planning and behind the scenes hard-work with United Launch Alliance, Lockheed Martin, and the Federal Aviation Administration are all integral to provide safe launch operations on the Western Range," said Del Rosario, this mission's launch decision authority.

WorldView-3 is the first multi-payload, super-spectral, high-resolution commercial satellite. The satellite will provide 31 cm panchromatic resolution, 1.24 m multispectral resolution, and 3.7 m short-wave infrared resolution with an average revisit time of less than 1 day. This will further enhance the DigitalGlobe collection capacity for more rapid and reliable collection and expand its imargery product offerings.