Lockheed Martin to begin engineering, manufacturing GeoEye-2

  • 16-Mar-2010 05:15 EDT

When launched in late 2012, GeoEye-2, shown orbiting above the Earth in an artist’s sketch, will provide the world's highest resolution and most accurate color imagery to government and commercial customers. (GeoEye/Lockheed Martin Space Systems)

GeoEye Inc., a provider of satellite and aerial-based geospatial information and services, selected Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. to build GeoEye-2, the next-generation, high-resolution Earth-imaging satellite system. Lockheed Martin has already begun purchasing long-lead material and labor for the design, engineering, and manufacturing of the satellite and the associated command and control system. GeoEye-2 will be the same class of satellite as GeoEye-1 but will benefit from improvements including enhanced tasking capabilities and the ability to collect more imagery at a faster rate. When launched in September 2008, GeoEye-1 was the world's highest resolution, commercial Earth-imaging satellite. ITT Corp.'s Geospatial Systems Division has begun advance work on the camera for GeoEye-2, which is expected to launch in late 2012.

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