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March 23rd, 2009
GeoEye’s Subsidiary MJ Harden Buys Another Aircraft and a Digital Mapping Camera

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GeoEye, Inc. , a premier provider of satellite, aerial and geospatial information, announced today MJ Harden’s purchase of a new Intergraph Z/I Imaging Digital Mapping Camera (DMC®) along with an additional aircraft, a Cessna Conquest. The digital camera is a complete imaging system that simultaneously captures black-and-white, color, and near-infrared digital imagery with engineering-level accuracy. MJ Harden expects the new camera and aircraft to be fully operational this spring.

MJ Harden has been a leader in digital image acquisition since 2004 and has successfully collected thousands of square miles of aerial imagery. The Cessna Conquest is a proven aircraft for aerial imagery acquisition and greatly increases MJ Harden’s collection capacity. It has a cruising speed of 360 mph, an operating ceiling of approximately 28,000 feet above sea level and a range of over 2,100 miles. Combined with its current assets, MJ Harden will have two Intergraph DMCs for aerial imagery collection, which presents more opportunity to support our customers’ needs and to pursue a wider range of projects.

Digital imagery is ideally suited for applications that include mapping utility and telecommunication corridors and transportation infrastructure, supporting facilities management, and assisting with planning and assessment activities for state and local governments. The complementary combination of GeoEye’s high-resolution satellite and MJ Harden’s aerial imagery helps customers solve challenging location-based problems.

“As we continue to grow from a regional to a national practice, our projects are becoming more complex and expansive,” said Doug Leibbrandt, general manager of MJ Harden Associates, Inc. “This investment in aircraft and proven digital-imaging technology will ensure that our customers continue to have access to leading-edge technology while meeting their schedule and cost requirements.”

Bill Wilt, GeoEye’s vice president of North American sales, said, “Satellite and aerial imagery are ideal for mapping and monitoring infrastructure projects. Since every project has some type of geospatial or location-based component, the use of our technology is a cost-effective solution for customers involved in improving our nation’s infrastructure.”

About MJ Harden

MJ Harden Associates, Inc. (MJH) is a wholly owned subsidiary of GeoEye. MJH, an ISO 9001:2000 certified business, offers a wide-range of high-quality photogrammetry and geospatial technology services. Professional services provided by MJH leverage over 50 years of experience and include : image acquisition, photogrammetric mapping, and GIS consulting and implementations. Through experience and technological expertise, MJH provides value to its customers from planning to deployment, to maintenance and support. Founded in 1956, MJH is located in Mission, KS. For more information, visit

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