Update: Sept. 22, 2016, 3:30 p.m. PDT:
The launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V carrying the WorldView-4 satellite for DigitalGlobe previously scheduled for Sept. 26 has been delayed due to the wildfires at Vandenberg Air Force Base. United Launch Alliance is working with the Western Range and DigitalGlobe to identify a new launch date in early October.
The launch vehicle and spacecraft are secure and the team is continuing to monitor the fire and mitigate risk to the vehicle and spacecraft. The fire is now 70% contained and all ULA employees are safe and accounted for. ULA facilities have not been directly impacted or damaged by the fire.
Atlas V WorldView-4 Mission Overview
Rocket/Payload: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 configuration rocket will launch the WorldView-4 mission for DigitalGlobe. The Atlas V is provided by Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services.
Date/Site/Launch Time: No earlier than Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
Mission Description: WorldView-4, a multispectral, high-resolution commercial imaging satellite owned and operated by DigitalGlobe, will help customers around the world see more of our changing planet. The satellite was built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company and will provide 31-centimeter panchromatic resolution and 1.24-meter multispectral resolution—the same resolution offered by the WorldView-3 satellite. This industry-leading resolution provides the sharpest view of vital details on the ground, to give customers confidence when making critical decisions.
Launch Notes: WorldView-4 marks ULA’s 9th launch of 2016 and 112th since the company was founded in 2006. ULA also launched WorldView-3 on Atlas V in 2014.
Launch Updates: To keep up to speed with updates to the launch countdown, dial the ULA launch hotline at 1-877-852-4321 or join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch; hashtags #WV4,#seemore and #AtlasV.
Go Atlas! Go Centaur! Go WorldView-4!