Commercial imaging satellite operator GeoEye has had to move its spacecraft several times to avoid orbital debris, according to William Schuster, the company’s chief operating officer, who said the problem is only growing worse.
Speaking Nov. 3 at the Strategic Space Symposium here, Schuster said GeoEye has had to maneuver its 10-year-old Ikonos satellite seven times to avoid space junk. The company has had to take evasive actions four times with its GeoEye-1 satellite, which has been on orbit just over a year.
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GeoEye, Inc. is an international information services company serving government and commercial markets. The Company is recognized as one of the geospatial industry's high resolution imagery experts, delivering exceptional quality imagery products and solutions to customers around the world. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, the Company has 534 employees, as of June 30, 2009, dedicated to developing best-in-class geospatial, communications and information products, systems and services. The Company provides support to academic institutions and non-governmental organizations through the GeoEye Foundation (http://www.geoeyefoundation.org). GeoEye is a public company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol GEOY. Additional information about GeoEye is available at www.geoeye.com.