OrbView-1 satellite marks 5th anniversary in orbit
ORBIMAGE NEWS RELEASE
Posted: April 9, 2000
OrbView-1's payload consists of two sensors: an Optical Transient Detector (OTD) provided by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, and an atmospheric monitoring instrument (GPS/MET) sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the University Consortium for Atmospheric Research. The OTD sensor maps atmospheric lighting strikes and has provided NASA with information important to the understanding of severe weather patterns. The GPS/MET sensor has proven that the signals from the GPS satellite constellation used for precision navigation can also be used to provide important atmospheric data. The success of the GPS/MET sensor has further validated the concept of using space-based sensors to improve worldwide weather prediction.
The OrbView-1 program is the result of a unique government-industry partnership between ORBIMAGE and NASA. Under this arrangement, NASA provided the OTD sensor for use on OrbView-1 and ORBIMAGE agreed to conduct an initial six-month experiment of the sensor. NASA's cost for data under this program over the past five years has totaled approximately $7.2 million.
Mr. Gilbert D. Rye, President and CEO of ORBIMAGE, said, "Both NASA and Orbimage have benefited from our collaboration on OrbView-1. OrbView-1's low-cost system architecture provides customers, including NASA, with near real-time data access. OrbView-1 has also helped us to establish the operational side of our business, from our satellite operations center to our production and image processing facilities, prior to the launch of our high-resolution imagery satellites."
Today, Orbimage and its prime satellite contractor, Orbital Sciences Corporation, are building upon this experience in developing Orbimage's OrbView-3 and OrbView-4 high-resolution satellites. The companies have also entered into a unique arrangement with the U.S. Air Force for the incorporation of a hyperspectral sensor on OrbView-4 to support the Air Force's Warfighter-1 Program. OrbView-4 will also provide the world's first commercially available hyperspectral imagery.
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