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DigitalGlobe raising GeoEye-1's orbit to keep up with commercial imagery demand

23 August 2013

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Geospatial imagery provider DigitalGlobe says the commercial market for satellite Earth imagery is growing faster than the U.S. government market and that the company remains sold out in certain regions despite its purchase, in January, of rival GeoEye and GeoEye's satellites.

Longmont, Colo.-based DigitalGlobe said it is raising the orbit of the GeoEye-1 satellite, a move that will reduce the maximum precision of its images but broaden its field of view.

DigitalGlobe officials said the maneuver will increase the image-gathering capacity of their five-satellite fleet by about 5 percent.

Source: Space News

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