GeoEye-2 is a planned third generation commercial Earth observation satellite, from GeoEye, not currently scheduled to launch. The satellite will have a resolution of 34 cm, making it the highest resolution commercial Earth observation satellite in orbit, once it has been launched. However, restrictive licensing by the US government makes it likely that only the US government and some of its allies will have access to imagery at the full design resolution - all other users will have to make do with imagery at the highest resolution that the US government licenses for other users - 20 inches (50.8 cm).
GeoEye-2 will join two other GeoEye-managed satellites, GeoEye-1 and IKONOS, already in orbit. Assuming that both these satellites continue to operate, this will give GeoEye three sub-metre satellites in orbit, and the ability to offer its customers daily revisits. RapidEye already provides this capability on a commercial basis, but its satellites only offer 5 metre resolution.
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Lockheed Martin, the builder of IKONOS, has been selected as the builder of the satellite platform over General Dynamics the builder of GeoEye-1. General Dynamics lost money on the fixed contract for GeoEye-1 and could not come to terms with GeoEye.
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- GeoEye-2 the World's Highest Resolution Satellite in Development, 25 October 2007
- GeoEye-2 Too Good for Licence 30 August 2008
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