[Satellite TODAY 04-11-12] ITT Exelis Geospatial Systems has delivered GeoEye’s next-generation commercial imaging system for the operator’s GeoEye-2 satellite to the Lockheed Martin Space Systems facility in Sunnyvale, Calif., ITT announced April 10.
The ITT-built imaging payload for GeoEye-2 includes a telescope, sensor subsystem and outer barrel assembly that will enable the satellite to capture panchromatic ground sample distance imagery of the Earth’s surface at 0.34-meter, or 13.38-inch, ground resolution. GeoEye selected Exelis to begin work on the GeoEye-2 imaging system in October 2007.
The GeoEye-2 satellite is scheduled to commence operations in 2013 and begin providing high-resolution satellite imagery for intelligence analysts, warfighters, map producers and commercial customers.
“Exelis was instrumental in helping Lockheed Martin revolutionize the commercial remote sensing market by designing and manufacturing the imaging system for GeoEye’s Ikonos satellite,” ITT Exelis Vice President and General Manager Rob Mitrevski said in a statement. “More than a decade later, Exelis is proud to deliver the imaging system for GeoEye’s next-generation satellite.”