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GeoEye-1 is a high-resolution earth observation satellite owned by GeoEye, which was launched in September 2008.



On December 1, 2004, General Dynamics C4 Systems announced it had been awarded a contract worth approximately $209 million to build the OrbView-5 satellite.[1] Its sensor is designed by the ITT Corporation.

The satellite, now known as GeoEye-1, was originally scheduled for April 2008 but lost its 30-day launch slot to a U.S. government mission which had been delayed. It was rescheduled for launch August 22, 2008 from Vandenberg Air Force Base aboard a Delta II launch vehicle.[2] The launch was postponed to September 4, 2008, due to unavailability of the Big Crow telemetry-relay aircraft.[3][4] It was delayed again to September 6 because Hurricane Hanna interfered with its launch crews.

The launch took place successfully on September 6, 2008 at 11:50:57 a.m. PDT (1850:57 UTC). The GeoEye-1 satellite separated successfully from its Delta II launch vehicle at 12:49 p.m. PDT (1949 UTC), 58 minutes and 56 seconds after launch.[5]

2009 Anomaly

In December 2009 GeoEye announced it had suspended imagery collections by GeoEye-1, citing an irregularity in the downlink antenna. "The irregularity appears to limit the range of movement of GeoEye-1's downlink antenna, which may in turn affect GeoEye-1's ability to image and downlink simultaneously," GeoEye said.[6]

See also


  1. "General Dynamics to Build Satellite to Improve U.S. Government Access to High-Resolution Earth Imagery". GD. 
  2. "GeoEye-1 Launch Details". GeoEye. 
  3. Restatement Pulls GeoEye's Goals Back Down to Earth
  4. Justin Ray. "Delta 2 rocket launch of GeoEye craft postponed". Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  5. Justin Ray. "Delta 2-335 Mission Status Center". Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
  6. "GeoEye says satellite glitch could hit 2010 revenue". Reuters. Dec 17, 2009. 

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