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GeoIgnite 2020 Video: Happy Hour – Legion, Maxar’s Next Constellation

Day 1 of GeoIgnite 2020 was packed with lot of interesting content. There could have been nothing better than a Happy Hour session with Maxar Team to conclude Day 1. This session included an enlightening discussion about the launch and capabilities of WorldView Legion – Maxar’s next big launch scheduled in 2021, some survey poll questions and an exclusive Q&A for the audience. The session was led by :-

We’re not just launching more satellites. In 2021, we will deploy WorldView Legion which will provide unprecedented visibility into our changing planet to solve the biggest challenges facing our world today.

Team Maxar
Happy Hour with Maxar Team about WorldView Legion, Maxar’s Next Constellation

WorldView Legion

The first constellation of WorldView Legion will comprise of six satellites, designed and built in-house, that will fly Sun synchronous and mid inclination orbits

WorldView Legion, is a fleet of 6 high-performing satellites that dramatically expand ability to revisit the most rapidly changing regions of earth which will definitely help make critical and time-sensitive decisions. It is Maxar’s next generation, high resolution earth imaging constellation that is designed and built in-house. Maxar activated a pandemic crisis response plan in March. The plan limited the number of people in its manufacturing facilities, augmented cleaning procedures, spread work over more shifts . Despite few disruptions and challenges due to pandemic, the progress with WorldView Legion is on track and scheduled for launch in 2021.

Key features
  • Some of the regions on Earth, including much of the lower 48 states of the US, will be captured up to 13 times per day, while over regions like Canada the coverage will be around 7-8 times a day.
  • Triples Maxar’s capacity to collect ~30 cm imagery
  • Enables highest image quality and geometric accuracy available
  • Simultaneous tasking, image and downlink with customer ground stations
  • Compatible with global infrastructure and access programs for Maxar customers.

Enhanced monitoring and accurate mapping would be very useful for various applications especially disaster management and autonomous vehicle technologies. Another key aspect which is the agility of this satellite, would help enhance stereo capabilities which would allow creation of 3D models. Legion would possess a coverage capacity of ~ 5 million square kilometers a day! Click here to watch the video in case the embedded link does not work for you.

GeoIgnite is Canada’s National Geospatial conference hosted by GoGeomatics Canada. GeoIgnite was held online using Zoom between July 22nd to 24th, 2020.  This free event showcased Canadian geospatial community and leaders of Canada’s location technology sector. The conference brought together professionals from government and industry for innovative programming and updates on our sector. Every year GeoIgnite is a unique opportunity for the geospatial community in Canada and abroad to learn, share, and engage with one another at our virtual conference.

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