GeoEye's Next-Generation Satellite Confirmed for Launch Saturday, Sept. 6 From Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

GeoEye-1 Satellite and Launch Vehicle Ready on Launch Pad Live Launch to be Broadcast on the Internet

DULLES, Va., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GeoEye, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEOY), announced today that the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), Calif. has approved a Sept. 6 launch for GeoEye-1. Hurricane Hanna has changed course away from Florida, so the Company's launch provider, United Launch Alliance (ULA), has mobilized personnel from the East Coast to the West Coast to support the new launch date. Final preparations for launch are underway.


'Live' Launch Video Feed

A 'live' switched video feed taken from Air Force range cameras will be uplinked to a transmission satellite beginning at 11 a.m. PDT, Sept. 6 with bars and tone. The feed will continue until about one hour after launch or until the satellite has successfully separated from the Delta II launch vehicle.

Satellite transponder and other information needed to downlink the video feed include:

    Satellite:  AMC-1 C17
    Orbital Location: 103 Degrees West
    Uplink Frequency: 6265 MHz Vertical
    Downlink Frequency: 4040 MHz Horizontal
    Audio: 6.2 and 6.8

A one-hour test signal will be broadcast Friday, Sept. 5 from VAFB beginning at 1 p.m. PDT. The test will include bars, tone and an identifying slate. Prior to the scheduled test, media should verify their receiving equipment is capable of receiving C band signals and AMC-1 C17. For additional information on the satellite uplink contact Boeing Launch Services at (321) 446-4970.

Segments of GeoEye's corporate b-roll will be fed to the transmission satellite before and after launch. High-resolution b-roll may also be downloaded directly from GeoEye's special launch Web site at, under Multimedia.

Watch 'Live' on the Internet

The launch video and commentary will be streamed 'live' over the Internet beginning at about 11:15 a.m. PDT after feeding 15 minutes of bars and tone. The live Web broadcast can be accessed by visiting the GeoEye Web site ( or by going directly to Boeing's webcast of the launch may be found at:

Media Attending the Launch

Media interested in attending the launch itself must call the 30th Space Wing at the VAFB Public Affairs at (805) 606-3595.

Launch Contacts

Mark Brender, GeoEye vice president, Communications and Marketing, can be reached by leaving a voice mail message at (703) 480-9562 or cell at (703) 629-5368. Val Webb, manager, Corporate Communications, can be reached by leaving a voice mail message at (303) 254-2120 or cell at (303) 242-6777. Amy Estes, LeGrand Hart Public Relations, is reachable at (303) 298-8470, ext. 218 or cell at (917) 536-6664.

Questions concerning the Boeing Launch Services should be addressed to Susan Wells, communications manager, at (321) 466-4970, or regarding the United Launch Alliance Delta II, contact Michael Rein, senior communications manager at (321) 693-6250.

General information about launch status may also be obtained by calling one of three information hotlines:

    30th Space Wing (VAFB):  (850) 606-1857
    Boeing Launch Services:  (714) 896-4770
    United Launch Alliance (ULA): (877) 852-4321

About GeoEye

GeoEye is the premier provider of geospatial information for the national security community, strategic partners, resellers and commercial customers to help them better map, measure and monitor the world. The Company is recognized as the industry's trusted imagery expert for delivering reliable service and the exceptional quality of its imagery products and solutions. It operates a constellation of Earth imaging satellites, mapping aircraft and has an international network of ground stations, a robust imagery archive, and advanced imagery processing capabilities for developing innovative geospatial products and solutions. The Company also provides support to academic institutions and non-governmental organizations through the GeoEye Foundation. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, GeoEye is a public company listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the symbol GEOY. It maintains a comprehensive Quality Management System (QMS) and has achieved company-wide ISO accreditation. For more information, visit

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Statements including words such as "anticipate", "believe", or "expect" and statements in the future tense are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. GeoEye's actual financial and operational results could differ materially from those anticipated. Additional information regarding these risk factors and uncertainties is described more fully in the Company's SEC filings. A copy of all SEC filings may be obtained from the SEC's EDGAR web site,, or by contacting: William L. Warren, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, at 703-480-5672.

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