WASHINGTON — Imaging satellite operator GeoEye has selected Lockheed Martin over incumbent contractor General Dynamics to build its GeoEye-2 satellite, Lockheed Martin announced March 11. Dulles, Va.-based GeoEye has authorized Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Sunnyvale, Calif., to begin ordering long-lead components and engage in other activities leading to a launch of GeoEye-2 at the earliest possible date, Lockheed said in a press release. A full contract to build the satellite and associated ground systems is expected to follow, the press release said.
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GeoEye, Inc. is an international information services company serving government and commercial markets. The Company is recognized as one of the geospatial industry’s high resolution imagery experts, delivering exceptional quality imagery products and solutions to customers around the world. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, the Company has 534 employees, as of June 30, 2009, dedicated to developing best-in-class geospatial, communications and information products, systems and services. The Company provides support to academic institutions and non-governmental organizations through the GeoEye Foundation (http://www.geoeyefoundation.org). GeoEye is a public company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol GEOY. Additional information about GeoEye is available at www.geoeye.com.