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Orbview 5

Also called GeoEye 1


Designation 33331 / 08042A
Launch date 6 Sep 2008
Country of origin United States
Mission Remote sensing
Perigee/Apogee 685 km sun-synchronous
Inclination 98.1°
Period 98 min
Launch vehicle Delta 2 #335

Started service in February 2009.

Provides 0.41 m resolution in panchromatic mode, and 1.65 meter resolution in multispectral mode. Due to US regulations, the maximum resolution available to commercial customers is 0.5 m.

Insured for $270 million for launch and first year of operation.

Some software had to be developed to fix attitude control problems experienced during in-orbit testing. The satellite has also a defect on a picture profile which could affect its usability. Later the defect was said to be minor.
In Dec 2009, issues with the download antenna was discovered. That may affect customers with direct-downlink requirements.

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Technical data


Prime contractor General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems
Mass at launch 1935 kg
Mass in orbit  
Solar array  
DC power  
Design lifetime 7 years

Will operate in 8.025-8.400 & 2.025-2.110 GHz bands

ITT provided the imaging payload.

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