GeoEye-1 reconnaissance satellite goes operational, says intelligence agency

DULLES, Va., 22 Feb. 2009. Imagery from the GeoEye-1 polar-orbiting satellite, launched last September, has been certified as operational by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), say officials of the satellite's operator, GeoEye Inc. in Dulles, Va.

DULLES, Va., 22 Feb. 2009. Imagery from the GeoEye-1 polar-orbiting satellite, launched last September, has been certified as operational by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), say officials of the satellite's operator, GeoEye Inc. in Dulles, Va.

GeoEye is delivering GeoEye-1 sub-half-meter ground resolution satellite imagery to the NGA. The GeoEye-1 satellite is commissioned.

As a result, GeoEye can start charging $12.5 million per month under the terms of a service level agreement with the NGA.

"The commercial remote sensing industry can meet a large majority of our national requirements for global mapping and observation, says Bill Schuster, GeoEye's chief operating officer. "We are already working on the advanced camera and camera electronics for GeoEye-2."

For more information contact GeoEye online at www.geoeye.com.

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