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April 10th, 2008
Testing for GeoEye’s Next-Generation Earth Imaging Satellite

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PR –
General Dynamics Advanced
Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics ,
announced today the completion of satellite integration and environmental
testing for GeoEye’s next-generation earth imaging satellite, GeoEye-1.
General Dynamics is the prime contractor and integrator of the spacecraft
and telescope for GeoEye, Inc. . GeoEye-1 will remain at the
General Dynamics space systems facility until it is shipped to Vandenberg
Air Force Base, Calif. for launch this summer.

"GeoEye-1 has now completed testing based on our proven processes that
resulted in the successful in-orbit performance of all 10 satellites
previously built by General Dynamics," said David Shingledecker, vice
president and general manager of integrated space systems, General Dynamics
Advanced Information Systems. "We look forward to the launch of GeoEye-1
and its world-class earth imaging capabilities."
"The completion of environmental testing is a major milestone on the
road to launch," said Bill Schuster, GeoEye's chief operating officer. "The
satellite was delivered on budget without any change orders which often
increase costs. GeoEye-1 and this class of satellites are an ideal system
for broad-area imagery collection and mapping for our government and
commercial customers."
GeoEye-1 is part of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
NextView program. The NextView program is designed to ensure that the NGA
has access to commercial imagery in support of its mission to provide
timely, relevant and accurate geospatial intelligence in support of
national security.
When operational, GeoEye-1 will be the world's highest resolution
commercial imaging satellite, designed to take highly precise images of the
Earth from 425 miles (684 kilometers) in space. The 4,310 pound satellite
will collect imagery that can distinguish objects on the Earth's surface as
small as 0.41 meters or about 16 inches in size.
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems designs, develops,
manufactures, integrates, operates and maintains mission systems for
defense, space, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, homeland
security and homeland defense customers. Headquartered in Fairfax, Va., the
company specializes in space and ground systems; imagery processing;
mission payloads; space vehicles; maritime subsurface, surface and airborne
mission systems; and tasking, collection, processing, exploitation and
dissemination programs for national intelligence. More information is
available on the Internet at
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs
approximately 83,500 people worldwide and reported 2007 revenues of $27.2
billion. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and
expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and
marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information
about the company is available on the Internet at

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