Series of satellites for high-resolution land observation.
Commercially-based programme, initiated in 1994 by Space Imaging Inc. that was bought by ORBIMAGE in September 2005, that was finally re-named GeoEye since 12 January 2006. After Ikonos, OrbView-3 and OrbView-4 (failed at launch), OrbView-5, launched after the creation of GeoEye, was re-named GeoEye-1. In 2017 the Maxar Technologies Holdings Inc., San Francisco, CA, USA, took over GeoEye-1 and Ikonos.
The platforms are actively stabilised over 3 axes.
The design life time is 7 years.
The satellites exploit a sunsynchronous orbit around 10:30.
The replacement policy is to launch satellites at roughly 5-year intervals.
For details on the GeoEye company see
Data are stored onboard and downlinked to stations in Dulles (Virginia), Barrow (Alaska), Tromsø (Norway) and Troll (Antarctica). In addition, there is a network of receiving stations owned and operated by local business partners, referred to as Regional Affiliates and Regional Distributors.
Data distribution is implemented by GeoEye through a number of cooperating entities.
1999 - 2021
Associated satellites and instruments
Note: red tag => no longer operational , green tag => operational
, blue tag => planned