Geoeye-2 Satellite almost ready to orbit

The high-resolution Earth-imaging satellite, capable of discerning objects on the Earth’s surface as small as 0.25-meter (9.75 inch) in size, known as GeoEye-2 is almost ready to start orbiting.  


Namely, Lockheed Martin will begin the integration of the satellite by the end of the month. The integration will be followed by installation and testing of satellite components, and hopefully, the project delivery at the beginning of 2012.


According to the Bill Schuster, GeoEye’s chief operating officer, the project is ahead of schedule.


However, people from the Lockheed Martin’s Space & Technology Center where the satellite has been manufactured, are to some extent cautious, since they still have a long way to go.


According to the Allen Anderson, GeoEye-2 program director, the completion of the propulsion system installation and the start of vehicle integration is a next critical step in this project.


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