Orbimage executives and investors reacted very positively after the White House released its new policy on Commercial Remote Sensing. The policy released by the Bush Administration replaces that from 1994 from President Clinton and significantly relaxes restrictions on what capabilities U.S. commercial remote sensing companies can provide both domestically and internationally with the goal to maintain this country’s leadership in remote sensing space activities. As a practical result of the ongoing National Space Policy Review, the new policy exhorts U.S. Government Agencies to maximize its use of commercial remote sensing space capabilities to fulfill the imagery needs for military, intelligence, foreign policy, homeland security and civil uses, and to develop a long-term, sustainable relationship with the U.S. commercial remote sensing space industry.
The OrbView-3 Satellite was developed and built for Orbimage by Orbital Sciences Corporation at its satellite manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia. OrbView-3 will provide high-resolution imagery from space. OrbView-3’s high-resolution camera will acquire one-meter resolution panchromatic (black and white) and four-meter resolution multispectral (color) imagery. This imagery will be valuable to customers around the world for a wide-range of commercial, government and consumer applications.