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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. 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. The launch was postponed to September 4, 2008, due to unavailability of the Big Crow telemetry-relay aircraft. 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.
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.
- ↑ "General Dynamics to Build Satellite to Improve U.S. Government Access to High-Resolution Earth Imagery". GD. http://www.gdc4s.com/news/detail.cfm?prid=14.
- ↑ "GeoEye-1 Launch Details". GeoEye. http://launch.geoeye.com/LaunchSite/about/launch_details.aspx.
- ↑ Restatement Pulls GeoEye's Goals Back Down to Earth
- ↑ Justin Ray. "Delta 2 rocket launch of GeoEye craft postponed". http://www.spaceflightnow.com/delta/d335/080812delay.html. Retrieved 2008-08-14.
- ↑ Justin Ray. "Delta 2-335 Mission Status Center". http://spaceflightnow.com/delta/d335/status.html. Retrieved 2008-09-05.
- ↑ "GeoEye says satellite glitch could hit 2010 revenue". Reuters. Dec 17, 2009. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSSGE5BG0HJ20091217?type=marketsNews.
- GeoEye-1 launch webpage
- ImageSearch - Search for GeoEye satellite imagery online
- Gallery - GeoEye Image Gallery