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GeoEye signs reseller contracts

DULLES, Va, USA: GeoEye, Inc., provider of satellite and aerial-based geospatial information, has signed agreements with several international resellers to provide high-resolution, satellite imagery and value-added products from its new GeoEye-1 earth-imaging satellite to customers in China, Middle East, Turkey and Russia.

Beijing Earth Observation, Inc. (BEO), located in Beijing and owned by Eastdawn Group, has been GeoEye’s exclusive master reseller in China since April 2007 for its IKONOS high-resolution products and value-added solutions. With the commencement of full operations of the GeoEye-1 spacecraft, BEO and GeoEye entered in agreement appointing BEO as the exclusive master reseller in China for GeoEye-1.

Space Imaging Middle East, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, renewed its IKONOS Regional Affiliate Agreement and signed a new agreement to become an authorised reseller of GeoEye-1 imagery and products in Dubai and the Middle East. Space Imaging Middle East has been GeoEye’s partner and Regional Affiliate for IKONOS imagery collection and distribution since January 2000.

A third international partner, INTA Spaceturk, located in Ankara, Turkey, and a subsidiary of Cukurova Group, signed an agreement on Feb. 27, 2009 to become an authorised reseller of IKONOS and GeoEye-1 imagery and products. INTA Spaceturk has the exclusive rights to sell IKONOS and GeoEye-1 imagery in Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan. INTA Spaceturk has been GeoEye’s partner and regional affiliate since 2001.

GeoEye has also signed seven new non-exclusive resellers in Russia to sell IKONOS and GeoEye-1 imagery in that country.

Paolo Colombi, GeoEye’s vice president of international sales, commented, ” Their strong market presence will contribute to GeoEye’s success and assure rapid adoption of GeoEye-1 products into these markets.”