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High-resolution satellite launched

September 7, 2008

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— A super-sharp Earth-imaging satellite that can detail an area the size of a baseball diamond's home plate from space has been launched into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central California coast.

A Delta 2 rocket carrying the GeoEye-1 satellite lifted off on Saturday. Video on the GeoEye Web site showed the satellite separating from the rocket moments later.

Arizona-based General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, the satellite makers, say GeoEye-1 cost more than $500 million to build and launch.

The satellite will orbit 423 miles up and circle the Earth more than a dozen times a day.

Comments

Flap Doodle 6 years, 10 months ago

Another reason to keep one's garage door closed!

Sigmund 6 years, 10 months ago

The GeoEye-1 satellite, code named "Google PWNZ U," was privately funded but the US military will be allowed to rent it from time to time when it is not otherwise tasked.

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