California, US: Lockheed Martin team developing GeoEye’s next-generation, high-resolution commercial Earth-imaging satellite system known as GeoEye-2, has successfully completed system requirements review (SRR), an important programme 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 programme. GeoEye was awarded an EnhancedView contract worth up to USD 3.8 billion on August 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.
“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 programme director.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems 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.
Source: Lockheed Martin