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ORBIMAGE’S ORBVIEW-3 SATELLITE successfully reaches orbit

Orbital Imaging Corporation (ORBIMAGE) and St. Louis, MO announced that their OrbView-3 high-resolution earth imaging satellite was successfully launched into space. (EDT) onboard a Pegasus rocket provided by Orbital Sciences Corporation from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), California. Approximately 10 minutes after the rocket ignition at 2:55 p.m. (EDT), the OrbView-3 satellite separated as planned from the Pegasus rocket into its sun-synchronous, near-polar, circular orbit. Initial communications with the satellite were established from ORBIMAGE’s ground terminal in Point Barrow, Alaska approximately 1 hour and 13 minutes after separation, with initial data indicating that the satellite’s main systems are operating nominally as expected. It will take several more days to maneuver the satellite into its final orbit of 470 km x 470 km at an inclination of 97.29 degrees, and to confirm that all of OrbView-3’s sub-systems are confirmed operational