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LockHeed Martin and GeoEye Start Building GeoEye-2 Next Commercial Earth Imaging Satellite

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Artist sketch of GeoEye’s next-generation, high-resolution Earth-imaging satellite, GeoEye-2 orbiting above the earth. GeoEye selected Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company to build GeoEye-2, which is expected to launch in late 2012. Once launched, the satellite will provide the world’s highest resolution and most accurate color imagery to government and commercial customers.

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GeoEye-2 Satellite Sensor

Photo credit: GeoEye/Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

The third generation satellite will provide same capabilities as the GeoEye-1 satellite but will provide customer demands for increased quantities of imagery at higher resolution.

Lockheed Martin built GeoEye’s IKONOS satellite. Launched in 1999, IKONOS has exceeded 10 years of successful on-orbit operations. It continues to provide high-resolution imagery of the Earth to GeoEye’s commercial and government customers around the world.

About Satellite Imaging Corporation:

Satellite Imaging Corporation (SIC), a privately held technology company that provides high resolution satellite imagery from satellite sensors such as GeoEye-1, WorldView-2 Worldview-1, QuickBird, IKONOS, SPOT-5 and other remote sensing products for analysis and mapping applications such as Geographic Information System (GIS).

The company specializes in mono and stereo satellite imaging technology producing seamless orthorectified satellite imaging mosaics DEM’s and 3D terrain models for many industries using CAD and GIS applications including engineering and construction, homeland security, defense, intelligence and disaster response using high and medium resolution mono and stereo satellite image data.

For more information contact:

Satellite Imaging Corporation
12777 Jones Road, Suite 370
Houston, Texas 77070-4671
U.S.A.

Toll Free (866) 283-2952 (US and Canada only)
Tel: (1) 832-237-2900
Fax: (1) 832-237-2910
Website: www.satimagingcorp.com

Satellite Images Capture the Amazing Architecture of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Satellite images captured the amazing architecture of the city of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE (United Arab Emirates). Abundant in oil, architecture, and global tourism, these cities are one of the world’s most attractive and rapidly developing leisure destinations that offers state of the art modern architecture and facilities offering the highest in comfort and luxury for the traveler or business professional.

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GeoEye-1 Satellite Image of the Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE

also known as Burj Dubai – Tallest Building in the World

Courtesy of GeoEye

Dubai

Having existed for more then 150 years, Dubai was created with the formation of the United Arab Emirates in 1971. Over the years Dubai’s sophisticated buildings and structures have amazed the world as a popular destination business hub and highlighted human rights issues concerning its largely foreign workforce.

The Jebel Ali free zone, comprising the Jebel Ali port (reputedly the world’s largest man made port) was established in 1979, which provided foreign companies unrestricted import of labor and export capital. This allowed the city to develop the Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City and Dubai Maritime City.

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IKONOS Satellite Image of Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai, UAE

Courtesy of GeoEye

The recent completion of the construction of Burj Al Arab, the world’s tallest freestanding hotel (image above), as well as the creation of new residential developments, were used to market Dubai for purposes of tourism.

Photos of Dubai’s Current and Proposed Architecture

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IKONOS Satellite Images of Palm Jumeirah Construction Animation, Dubai, UAE

Click on link or satellite image to view animation

Satellite Image Courtesy of Space Imaging Middle East

Along the coast of Dubai are human-made islands. The construction process for the Palm Islands involved dredging sand from the bottom of the Persian Gulf and then spraying the sand over the areas to create the desired shapes. Satellite imaging technology has played a role in the construction of these islands, as the sand-spraying ships rely on Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite readings to locate their targets.

For more information on The Palm Islands visit here.

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ASTER Satellite Image of Palm Jebel Ali, Palm Jumeirah

and The World Islands

Courtesy of NASA/Japanese Space Team

Dubai’s population has doubled every ten years since 1971. The city has seen an increase in private real estate investments in recreating Dubai’s skyline with such projects as The Palm Islands and Burj Khalifa.

Dubai Strategic Plan for 2015

Discovery Channel Videos on Building Dubai – The Impossible City

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi the 2nd largest city is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and home for the Emirati Royal Family. Abu Dhabi also hosts many oil companies and has grown to become a cosmopolitan metropolis which has progressively grown over the years. While not as cosmopolitan or as sophisticated as Dubai, Abu Dhabi is a modern city with broad boulevards, tall office and apartment buildings, and busy shops. At present, Abu Dhabi boasts the worlds highest absolute and per-capita level of sovereign wealth funds.

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GeoEye-1 Satellite Image of Ferrari World on Yas Island

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Courtesy of GeoEye

Satellite image above of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, located on Yas Island, will open in 2010 and is set to be the world’s largest indoor theme park. The 150-foot tall red steel roof was designed as the classic body shell of a Ferrari GT car and includes a 200-foot Ferrari logo. The park will also include a Formula One spec race track that will host the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and other racing events. GeoEye-1 .50-meter resolution collected this image on October 2009.

About Satellite Imaging Corporation:

Satellite Imaging Corporation (SIC), a privately held technology company that provides high resolution satellite imagery from satellite sensors such as GeoEye-1, WorldView-2 Worldview-1, QuickBird, IKONOS, SPOT-5 and other remote sensing products for analysis and mapping applications such as Geographic Information System (GIS).

The company specializes in mono and stereo satellite imaging technology producing seamless orthorectified satellite imaging mosaics DEM’s and 3D terrain models for many industries using CAD and GIS applications including engineering and construction, homeland security, defense, intelligence and disaster response using high and medium resolution mono and stereo satellite image data.

For more information contact:

Satellite Imaging Corporation
12777 Jones Road, Suite 370
Houston, Texas 77070-4671
U.S.A.

Toll Free (866) 283-2952 (US and Canada only)
Tel: (1) 832-237-2900
Fax: (1) 832-237-2910
Website: www.satimagingcorp.com

Satellite Images Captured 8.8 Magnitude Earthquake and Tsunami Damage in Chile

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Satellite Images captured the damage of the 8.8 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit Chile on February 27th. The earthquake was so sudden, people were shocked when it occurred. The intensity of the quake was so devastating that it caused blackouts in some areas of Santiago, Chile’s capital city.

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QuickBird Satellite Image (0.6m) – Pre Earthquake/Tsunami

Chile – Coastline

Image Credit: DigitalGlobe

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QuickBird Satellite Image (0.6m) – Post Earthquake/Tsunami

Chile – Coastline

Image Credit: DigitalGlobe

Reports of hundreds of bodies have been found and possibly more will be discovered. Police and military troops are posted on street corners to prevent looting and chaos. Many of the city’s 500,000 inhabitants are short of food, water and electricity was cut off.

Military helicopters carrying relief supplies landed Tuesday in the coastal town of Concepcion, which was in ruins following the 8.8 magnitude quake and tsunami.  A makeshift morgue was established in a gymnasium, where bodies lay on the floor for identification and the names of the dead were posted outside.

Video of Chaos After Earthquake

Video Earthquake Aftershocks

Earthquake Altered Earth’s Axis

The earthquake was so powerful that it likely shifted Earth’s axis and shortened the length of a day, NASA announced Monday.

By speeding up Earth’s rotation, the magnitude 8.8 earthquake shortened an Earth day by 1.26 millionths of a second, according to new computer-model calculations by geophysicist Richard Gross of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.

Gross also estimates that the earthquake shifted Earth’s figure axis by about three inches (eight centimeters).

About Satellite Imaging Corporation:

Satellite Imaging Corporation (SIC), a privately held technology company that provides high resolution satellite imagery from satellite sensors such as GeoEye-1, WorldView-2 Worldview-1, QuickBird, IKONOS, SPOT-5 and other remote sensing products for analysis and mapping applications such as Geographic Information System (GIS).

The company specializes in mono and stereo satellite imaging technology producing seamless orthorectified satellite imaging mosaics DEM’s and 3D terrain models for many industries using CAD and GIS applications including engineering and construction, homeland security, defense, intelligence and disaster response using high and medium resolution mono and stereo satellite image data.

For more information contact:

Satellite Imaging Corporation
12777 Jones Road, Suite 370
Houston, Texas 77070-4671
U.S.A.

Toll Free (866) 283-2952 (US and Canada only)
Tel: (1) 832-237-2900
Fax: (1) 832-237-2910
Website: www.satimagingcorp.com