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October 25th, 2011

Lockheed Martin... All Proceeding To Plan (Satellite)

[SatNews] The integration process has now started...

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] will begin integration of GeoEye's (NASDAQ: GEOY) next-generation, high-resolution Earth-imaging satellite, known as GeoEye-2, with the planned delivery of its integrated propulsion system to Lockheed Martin's Sunnyvale, California, facilities later this month. The start of vehicle integration marks the on-schedule progress of installation and testing of satellite components and subsystems over the next several months in preparation for the delivery of ITT's high-resolution imaging payload early next year.

The integrated satellite structure and propulsion system serves as the structural backbone of the satellite and is essential in maneuvering GeoEye-2 to its final sun-synchronous orbit location, as well as conducting on-orbit repositioning maneuvers throughout its mission life. The fully integrated propulsion system was assembled and tested at Lockheed Martin's Space & Technology Center in Stennis, Mississippi. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company is developing GeoEye-2 under a fixed-price contract with GeoEye. Once operational in 2013, GeoEye-2 will feature significant improvements to its predecessors, including enhanced tasking and the ability to collect more imagery at a faster rate with a new ITT camera. Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services will launch GeoEye-2 aboard an Atlas V rocket.

An artistic rendition of the GeoEye-2 satellite