GeoEye Announces the Start of Commercial Operations for Its GeoEye-1 Earth-Imaging Satellite



    World's Highest-Resolution, Color Satellite Imagery Now Available for
Commercial Sale
    

    
    DULLES, Va., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GeoEye, Inc. (Nasdaq:  
GEOY), a premier provider of satellite and aerial-based geospatial
information, announced today the start of commercial operations for its new
GeoEye-1 Earth-imaging satellite. The Company is also submitting imagery from
the satellite to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for their
certification under the terms of the NextView contract.
    

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    "We are now selling imagery from GeoEye-1 to commercial customers around
the world and to our government customers in Europe, Asia and the Middle
East," said Matthew O'Connell, GeoEye's chief executive officer. "We are
submitting imagery to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency for
certification and look forward to beginning to serve NGA under our new Service
Level Agreement with them."
    

    
    Bill Schuster, chief operating officer for GeoEye, said, "We established
extremely exacting requirements for GeoEye-1 and meeting them proved to be
very technically challenging -- particularly in the calibration phase.
Additional improvements can still be made, but we have now succeeded in
attaining our performance objectives.  The combination of resolution, clarity,
color and accuracy make it the best satellite imagery on the market. We look
forward to working with NGA over the next few weeks to complete the
certification process."
    

    
    The NextView program is designed to ensure that the NGA has access to
commercial imagery in support of its mission to provide timely, relevant and
accurate geospatial intelligence in support of national security. GeoEye won
its $500-million NextView contract in September 2004. In October 2004, GeoEye
selected General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems as the GeoEye-1 prime
contractor. The satellite's sensor was built by ITT Corporation.
    

    
    GeoEye-1 imagery products and solutions are now commercially available in
half-, one-, two- and four-meter ground resolutions.  Imagery products are
available in color and black & white. Color imagery comprises four bands:
blue, green, red and near-infrared. There are several ways commercial
customers can purchase GeoEye-1 imagery. Service Experts are available to
assist with the purchasing of GeoEye's imagery products and value-added
solutions. Please call 1.800.232.9037 (within the United States) or
+1.703.480.5670 (from overseas), Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
EST for more information.  Customers may also send an email to info@geoeye.com
or contact an authorized GeoEye Channel Partner (available via GeoEye's Web
site).  The GeoEye partners consist of businesses and organizations with a
long history of expertise in the geospatial world, remote sensing and
extensive domain experience in a variety of disciplines.  For more details,
please visit http://www.geoeye.com/CorpSite/products/Default.aspx.
    

    
    Additionally, customers can search for IKONOS data in the GeoEye
satellite imagery archive using the company's newly released
search-and-discovery tool called GeoFUSE, where "FUSE" stands for "Find, Use,
Serve and Extend." GeoFUSE gives users access to a number of
search-and-discovery tools, assists customers in locating available imagery
which meet specific project needs and enables them to easily navigate and
efficiently search.  To search GeoEye's archive, which contains more than 300
million square kilometers, please visit http://geofuse.geoeye.com or to learn
more about the platform, go to http://geofuse.geoeye.com/help.
    

    About GeoEye
    
    GeoEye is the premier provider of geospatial information for the national
security community, strategic partners, resellers and commercial customers to
help them better map, measure and monitor the world. The Company is recognized
as the industry's trusted imagery expert for delivering reliable service and
the exceptional quality of its imagery products and solutions. It operates a
constellation of Earth imaging satellites, mapping aircraft and has an
international network of ground stations, a robust imagery archive, and
advanced imagery processing capabilities for developing innovative geospatial
products and solutions. On September 6, the Company launched its GeoEye-1
satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.  The Company also provides
support to academic institutions and non-governmental organizations through
the GeoEye Foundation. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, GeoEye is a public
company listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the symbol GEOY. It
maintains a comprehensive Quality Management System (QMS) and has achieved
company-wide ISO accreditation. For more information, visit
http://www.geoeye.com/.
    




    




For further information:

For further information: Mark Brender of GeoEye, +1-703-629-5368,
brender.mark@geoeye.com; or Heather Lindemann of LeGrand Hart, +1-303-298-8470
ext. 212, hlindemann@legrandhart.com, for GeoEye  Web Site:
http://www.geoeye.com

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