DigitalGlobe Seeks Government Permission to Sell 1/4 Meter Imagery, Plans to Change GeoEye-1 Orbit Height
Per Breaking Defence, DigitalGlobe is asking NOAA to grant it permission to sell 1/4 meter resolution imagery. Right now it's limited to 1/2 meter. The goal for the company is to make its products more competitive overseas wher it compete with other sateliite imagery providers without such restrictions. The publication suggests the odds of a "yes" are pretty good due to political, economic and other considerations. Besides, the 1/2 meter restriction is ten years old.
Per Space News, DigitalGlobe plans to change the orbit of its GeoEye-1 satellite, sending it further away from the earth. The change will increase the company's capture area by 5%. Until now it's been flying at 681 kilometers above the ground; the company did not share the expected new height. GeoEye-2 is still on the ground and the company shared, will be put in storage for a few years until needed.