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Live coverage of the Atlas V launch with WorldView-4.

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https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/09/atlas-v-worldview-4-launch-vandenberg/

GeoEye Selects Lockheed Martin to Build Next-Generation Commercial Remote Sensing Satellite System

Date(s): 3/11/2010 1:59:00 PM

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 11, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, a core business area of the Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT), announced today that it has been selected by GeoEye, Inc. (Nasdaq: GEOY) to build the company's next-generation, high-resolution Earth imaging satellite system known as GeoEye-2. Financial terms are not being disclosed at this time.

Lockheed Martin has begun start-up activities and procurement of long-lead components to support the earliest possible launch date for GeoEye-2. This effort will lead to a contract award for the design, engineering and manufacturing of the satellite and the associated command and control system.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems, a world leader in the most advanced space-based systems for government and commercial customers, designed and built the world's first commercial, high-resolution, Earth-imaging satellite, IKONOS, which has been providing 0.82-meter ground resolution imagery to GeoEye's customers around the globe for more than a decade.

These map-accurate images are used for applications in national security, environmental monitoring, state and local government, disaster assessment and relief, land management and for many other geospatial applications.

"GeoEye and Lockheed Martin have had a long and productive partnership since building and launching the first commercial remote sensing satellite," said Joanne Maguire, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Space Systems. "Our GeoEye-2 solution will leverage our strong government and commercial satellite system expertise and focus on operational excellence and mission success to provide GeoEye with another world-class, high-performance spacecraft for its customers."

Matthew O'Connell, GeoEye's chief executive officer and president, said, "We look forward to working with Lockheed Martin again and eagerly anticipate the construction and successful launch of another cutting-edge satellite which will provide proven reliability and greatly enhanced imaging capabilities for our customers."

Lockheed Martin's GeoEye-2 solution will build on the company's deep heritage and ability to execute within cost and schedule in this mission area and offer increased agility, resolution and flexibility over IKONOS and GeoEye-1. This will enable the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to provide critical geospatial situational awareness and global security information to intelligence analysts, war fighters and decision makers. Commercial users will also benefit from access to GeoEye-2's map-accurate color imagery. The spacecraft will feature a high-resolution ITT camera that has been in development for more than two years.

About GeoEye

GeoEye, Inc. is an international information services company serving government and commercial markets. The Company is recognized as one of the geospatial industry's imagery experts, delivering exceptional quality imagery products, services and solutions to customers around the world. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, the Company has 535 employees dedicated to developing best-in-class geospatial information products and services. GeoEye is a public company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol GEOY. The Company provides support to academic institutions and non-governmental organizations through the GeoEye Foundation (http://www.geoeyefoundation.org/). Additional information about GeoEye is available at http://www.geoeye.com/.

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Excellent news for those of us in the GIS/RS field! Always looking forward to new satellites. Should be interesting to see the new imagery as IKONOS and GeoEye-1 are already fantastic in and of themselves.

Now, I just wonder how long this will take.
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Re: WorldView-4 - Atlas V - NET September 2016 (updates)
« Reply #2 on: 03/13/2010 12:33 PM »
Now, I just wonder how long this will take.

They plan for a launch in late 2012. No launch vehicle has been selected by now, but this will likely happen soon.

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Lockheed Martin Advancing on Next-Generation Commercial Remote Sensing Satellite System for GeoEye.

The Lockheed Martin team developing GeoEye's next-generation, high-resolution commercial Earth-imaging satellite system known as GeoEye-2, has successfully completed on-schedule a System Requirements Review (SRR), an important program milestone that precedes the Preliminary Design Review. 

With launch scheduled to support start of operations in 2013, Lockheed Martin is developing GeoEye-2 under a fixed price contract to support the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's (NGA) EnhancedView commercial imagery program.  GeoEye was awarded an EnhancedView contract worth up to $3.8 billion on Aug. 6, 2010.  EnhancedView is designed to provide critical geospatial situational awareness and global security information to intelligence analysts, war fighters and decision makers.  GeoEye's commercial users will also benefit from access to imagery from GeoEye-2.

The successful SRR verified the maturity of Lockheed Martin's system design for meeting the key user requirements and the team's readiness to proceed with the Preliminary Design Review phase scheduled for completion later this year.

"This important review effectively demonstrated the advanced state of our GeoEye-2 design and how we can significantly improve the quality and quantity of commercial space-based imagery for our customer," said Allen Anderson, Lockheed Martin's GeoEye-2 program director.  "We look forward to rapidly fielding this critical capability and achieving mission success on this important program."

Bill Schuster, GeoEye's chief operating officer, commented, "We are pleased to again be partnering with Lockheed Martin to leverage their 50-year heritage of building advanced satellite imaging systems.  Lockheed Martin and their subcontractors are assembling a best-in-class team to build and launch GeoEye-2 so we can meet all of our requirements under the EnhancedView program."

Lockheed Martin Space Systems, a world leader in the most advanced space-based systems for government and commercial customers, is under contract to deliver GeoEye-2 and the associated command and control system.  The spacecraft will feature a new high-resolution ITT camera that has been in development for more than two years.

Lockheed Martin designed and built the world's first commercial, high-resolution, Earth-imaging satellite, IKONOS, which has been providing 0.82-meter ground resolution imagery to GeoEye's customers around the globe for more than a decade.

About GeoEye

GeoEye, Inc. is a leading international information services company serving government and commercial markets. The Company is recognized as one of the geospatial industry's imagery experts, delivering exceptional quality imagery products, services and solutions to customers around the world. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, the Company has over 500 employees dedicated to developing best-in-class geospatial information products and services. GeoEye is a public company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol GEOY. The Company provides support to academic institutions and non-governmental organizations through the GeoEye Foundation (www.geoeyefoundation.org). Additional information about GeoEye is available at www.geoeye.com

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 136,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation's 2009 sales from continuing operations were $44.5 billion.

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Re: WorldView-4 - Atlas V - NET September 2016 (updates)
« Reply #4 on: 09/07/2010 11:01 PM »


Makes sense, Geoeye-1 flew out of Vandenberg and 2 will likely do so, Only the EELV's and Delta II fly out of there right now, and the Delta II program is winding down. Good to see the Atlas doing commercial space launches again.
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Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services Selected to Launch Geoeye-2 Earth-Imaging Satellite.

Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, announced today that it has been selected by GeoEye, Inc. to launch the company's next-generation, high-resolution Earth-imaging satellite, GeoEye-2, on an Atlas V rocket. Financial terms are not being disclosed at this time.

Jack Zivic, general manager of Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, said, “We appreciate GeoEye’s recognition of the overall value of the Atlas launch services solution. Our commitment to the accuracy and timeliness of the delivery and our dedication to the criticality of the mission match the needs and expectations of GeoEye and its customers.”

The 4,600-pound GeoEye-2 satellite will be ready for launch in late 2012 and will be operational in early 2013. It will be launched into a sun-synchronous orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. “The Atlas offers significant lift capability to this type of orbit,” said Zivic. “We are currently soliciting interest from other satellite operators who need to place their satellites in a similar orbit.”

GeoEye, a key provider of satellite imagery and geospatial information, announced last month winning a 10-year, $3.8-billion contract award from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for increased commercial satellite-imaging capacity. The competitively awarded contract supports the NGA’s EnhancedView program, which provides products and services that help meet the increasing geospatial needs of the intelligence community and the Department of Defense. In March 2010, GeoEye selected Lockheed Martin to build the GeoEye-2 spacecraft. When operational, it will be the world’s highest resolution and most accurate commercial Earth-imaging satellite.

Bill Schuster, GeoEye’s chief operating officer, commented, “We chose Lockheed Martin to build and now launch GeoEye-2 because of its 50-year heritage in designing, manufacturing and launching payloads into the perfect orbit. ”

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company designed, built and launched the world’s first commercial, high-resolution, Earth-imaging satellite, IKONOS, which has been providing 0.82-meter ground resolution imagery to GeoEye's customers around the globe for more than a decade.

Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, which markets the Atlas V to commercial customers worldwide, is a unit of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, a major operating unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Space Systems Company designs, develops, tests, manufactures and operates a full spectrum of advanced-technology systems for national security, civil and commercial customers. Chief products include human space flight systems; a full range of remote sensing, navigation, meteorological and communications satellites and instruments; space observatories and interplanetary spacecraft; laser radar; ballistic missiles; missile defense systems; and nanotechnology research and development.

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Re: WorldView-4 - Atlas V - NET September 2016 (updates)
« Reply #6 on: 09/14/2010 05:26 PM »
Would it be possible to launch GeoEye 2 together with LDCM? They are both scheduled to launch in 2012 to SSO.

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Re: WorldView-4 - Atlas V - NET September 2016 (updates)
« Reply #7 on: 09/14/2010 06:07 PM »
Atlas V doesn't have a dual launch capability at this time.  Also, GeoEye 2 and LDCM would be mixing NASA and commercial

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Re: WorldView-4 - Atlas V - NET September 2016 (updates)
« Reply #8 on: 09/14/2010 07:42 PM »
Good to see the Atlas doing commercial space launches again.
"Commercial" by strict definition I suppose, but GeoEye is essentially working for the government.  It recently won a $3.8 billion contract from the U.S. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) for satellite imagery.  The contract is basically the reason for the new satellite.  I wouldn't be surprised if, buried deep in the contract, were wording specifying a "U.S." launch vehicle for that satellite.

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Re: WorldView-4 - Atlas V - NET September 2016 (updates)
« Reply #9 on: 09/14/2010 08:28 PM »
Good to see the Atlas doing commercial space launches again.
"Commercial" by strict definition I suppose, but GeoEye is essentially working for the government.  It recently won a $3.8 billion contract from the U.S. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) for satellite imagery.  The contract is basically the reason for the new satellite.  I wouldn't be surprised if, buried deep in the contract, were wording specifying a "U.S." launch vehicle for that satellite.

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GeoEye sells data commercially. You can buy online.

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Re: WorldView-4 - Atlas V - NET September 2016 (updates)
« Reply #10 on: 09/15/2010 02:14 AM »
Good to see the Atlas doing commercial space launches again.
"Commercial" by strict definition I suppose, but GeoEye is essentially working for the government.  It recently won a $3.8 billion contract from the U.S. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) for satellite imagery.  The contract is basically the reason for the new satellite.  I wouldn't be surprised if, buried deep in the contract, were wording specifying a "U.S." launch vehicle for that satellite.

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GeoEye sells data commercially. You can buy online.

I look at it this way.  Would the satellite be there without the $3.8 billion government contract?  Would online commercial image sales to people who want to see what their house looks like from space support the cost of a satellite?

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Re: WorldView-4 - Atlas V - NET September 2016 (updates)
« Reply #11 on: 09/16/2010 04:53 PM »

I look at it this way, we always complain how much NRO spends on Spy Sats, and to spend that much, they must be doing it in a wasteful way. Then comes along a commercial sat does the same thing and it will lo and behold cost $3.8 billion to build, launch, and operate for ten years.

Yeah guess it really does cost that much to build, launch, and operate one.
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« Reply #12 on: 09/16/2010 08:44 PM »

I look at it this way, we always complain how much NRO spends on Spy Sats, and to spend that much, they must be doing it in a wasteful way. Then comes along a commercial sat does the same thing and it will lo and behold cost $3.8 billion to build, launch, and operate for ten years.

Yeah guess it really does cost that much to build, launch, and operate one.

Make sure you're comparing apples to apples.  The imaging satellite is not the only component of the system that gets pictures to users, and building and launching the satellite is probably not most of the ten-year cost.

And while it's hard to say precisely, the NRO has spent many billions of dollars over the last fifteen years trying to build new satellites, and ended up with nothing at all to show for it.  So in terms of dollars spent per picture taken, GeoEye and DigitalGlobe are immeasurably better than the Future Imagery Architecture.
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Re: WorldView-4 - Atlas V - NET September 2016 (updates)
« Reply #13 on: 09/16/2010 09:02 PM »
GeoEye sells data commercially. You can buy online.

Yes, but GeoEye-2 is a 25cm-resolution imaging satellite, and the U.S. government requires that the imagery be downsampled to 50cm resolution for commercial customers.  Only the government gets the full resolution.

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Re: WorldView-4 - Atlas V - NET September 2016 (updates)
« Reply #14 on: 09/16/2010 09:12 PM »

Make sure you're comparing apples to apples. 

True, and we have no idea what the NRO's operating vs hardware cost ratio is. It is very telling that the bulk of money is going to buy the data not for the hardware. I realize this is purchase cost vs. operating cost, but the NRO's cost should not be that different. How large is the standing army to operate and digest the data these resources produce? How much are those salaries each year?
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« Reply #15 on: 09/17/2010 02:40 AM »
Lots of computers, lots of networking, lots of data. It ain't cheap.  I don't know how the NRO stuff works and if I did I couldn't say, but if you do the math on resolution and image size, you'll get pretty big numbers. And the NRO probably can't take some of the approaches the private guys use to save money.  If nothing else, forcing your sysadmins to take drug tests is going to have a significant effect on what kind of system you can run. 

I suspect the biggest advantage the private guys have is that they don't have the pressure - self-imposed or external - to make something revolutionary.  If you look at what they're doing - 25cm IMINT - the NRO did that long ago. But it's probably hard to get support in the NRO to recreate something from twenty years ago but cheaper - look at how hard it is within NASA. 
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« Reply #16 on: 09/17/2010 03:07 PM »

I agree, and the proof of that is the size of the contract. There is a need for the data, but they realize they can pay someone to acquire it for them. Though we don't know for sure, I would guess they are saving money.
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« Reply #17 on: 09/19/2010 05:58 PM »
And along the lines of the US government paying for imaging data DigitalGlobe is lowering WorldView-2's orbit from 770km to 680km in order to improve it's resolution from 46cm to 41 cm, and may drop the orbit to 496km ... All to meet goverment needs.

All discussed in http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story.jsp?id=news/asd/2010/09/17/01.xml&headline=DigitalGlobe%20To%20Change%20WorldView-2%20Orbit&channel=space

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Lockheed Martin Team Completes GeoEye-2 Design Phase Early

Date(s): 30-Jun-2011 11:57 AM

Next-Generation Earth Imaging Satellite Shifts to Production

SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) team developing GeoEye's (NASDAQ: GEOY) next-generation, high-resolution Earth-imaging satellite, known as GeoEye-2, has successfully completed the Space System Critical Design Review (CDR) two weeks ahead of schedule. The review validated the detailed design of the spacecraft and command and control portion of the ground system to ensure it meets all program requirements for GeoEye's commercial and government users and marks the program's transition to production.

Once operational in 2013, GeoEye-2 will be the world's highest resolution commercial satellite, providing highly accurate images to intelligence analysts, war fighters, and decisions makers across the globe.

The two-day space system CDR, conducted by Lockheed Martin and GeoEye at Lockheed Martin's Sunnyvale, Calif. facility, was completed seven months after the program's Preliminary Design Review in November 2010. The CDR phase included a series of detailed examinations of the satellite's technical design as well as the command and control element of the ground system. The incremental reviews leading up to the final CDR verified that each aspect of the system would meet mission requirements.

Bill Schuster, GeoEye's chief operating officer, said, "We are very pleased with our GeoEye-2 program's progress and timely completion of this milestone. GeoEye-2 will fulfill the increasing demands on our constellation and provide additional capacity for the U.S. government and our global partners. When operational, the satellite will deliver the highest resolution and most accurate color imagery to our government and commercial customers."

"The successful outcome of this review, completed ahead of the planned schedule, is a testament to the team's strong commercial and government satellite system expertise and focus on operational excellence," said Allen Anderson, GeoEye-2 program director for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. "Working alongside GeoEye, this team developed a robust design for GeoEye-2 that will meet the increasing demands for timely geospatial information, and we look forward to achieving mission success for our customer."

Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services will launch GeoEye-2 aboard an Atlas V rocket. GeoEye-2 will feature significant improvements to its predecessors, including enhanced tasking and the ability to collect more imagery at a faster rate with a new ITT camera.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company is developing GeoEye-2 under a fixed-price contract with GeoEye. GeoEye-2 is based on the latest generation of the LMx configure-to-order low Earth orbit bus product line initiated with the Lockheed Martin-built IKONOS satellite.

Space Systems Company designs, develops, tests, manufactures and operates a full spectrum of advanced-technology systems for national security, civil and commercial customers. Chief products include human space flight systems; a full range of remote sensing, navigation, meteorological and communications satellites and instruments; space observatories and interplanetary spacecraft; laser radar; ballistic missiles; missile defense systems; and nanotechnology research and development.

About GeoEye

GeoEye is a leading source of geospatial information and insight for decision makers and analysts who need a clear understanding of our changing world to protect lives, manage risk and optimize resources. Each day, organizations in defense and intelligence, public safety, critical infrastructure, energy, and online media rely on GeoEye's imagery, tools and expertise to support important missions around the globe. Widely recognized as a pioneer in high-resolution satellite imagery, GeoEye has evolved into a complete provider of geospatial intelligence solutions. GeoEye's ability to collect, process and analyze massive amounts of geospatial data allows our customers to quickly see precise changes on the ground and anticipate where events may occur in the future. GeoEye is a public company listed on NASDAQ as GEOY and is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, with more than 700 employees worldwide. Learn more at http://www.geoeye.com/.


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Re: WorldView-4 - Atlas V - NET September 2016 (updates)
« Reply #19 on: 02/05/2013 11:30 AM »
Launch now officially delayed indefinitely.

I wonder what NGA thinks of the decision?

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