In October 2004, Exelis was selected by General Dynamics, who in turn supported Orbital Imaging Corporation, now called GeoEye, to build the imaging system for its next generation commercial imaging satellite, GeoEye-1. The Exelis-built imaging system-the "eyes" of the satellite- capture high-resolution images smaller than one-half meter.
GeoEye-1 is part of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)'s NextView program. The NGA initiated the NextView program as a partnership with the commercial remote sensing community to fill imagery and geospatial needs for military, intelligence, foreign policy, homeland security and civil users.
Under the NextView agreement, the NGA awarded a contract-valued at approximately $500 million-to GeoEye in 2004.
Launched on September 6, 2008, GeoEye-1 offers exceptional spatial resolution by simultaneously acquiring 0.41-meter panchromatic and 1.65-meter multispectral imagery.
Offers exceptional spatial resolution by simultaneously acquiring 0.41-meter panchromatic and 1.65-meter multispectral imagery.
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