New White House Policy on Commercial Remote Sensing Positive News for ORBIMAGE

Press Release From: Orbimage
Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Announcement Made Just Weeks Before Launch of Company's OrbView-3 Imaging Satellite

ORBIMAGE executives and investors reacted very positively after the White House released its new policy on Commercial Remote Sensing yesterday. The policy released by the Bush Administration replaces that from 1994 from President Clinton and significantly relaxes restrictions on what capabilities U.S. commercial remote sensing companies can provide both domestically and internationally with the goal to maintain this country's leadership in remote sensing space activities.

As a practical result of the ongoing National Space Policy Review, the new policy exhorts U.S. Government Agencies to maximize its use of commercial remote sensing space capabilities to fulfill the imagery needs for military, intelligence, foreign policy, homeland security and civil uses, and to develop a long-term, sustainable relationship with the U.S. commercial remote sensing space industry.

"This timely announcement is good news at ORBIMAGE as we are just weeks away from launching OrbView-3, our first high resolution imaging satellite," said Matt O'Connell, ORBIMAGE's CEO. "We are grateful the new policy incorporates many of the changes we sought to help assure ORBIMAGE's future viability. Not only will it reinforce our existing partnership with the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), this new policy also helps to remove uncertainty in the eyes of capital markets as to the extent all government agencies will partner with ORBIMAGE, and our commercial industry, for its imagery and mapping needs."

At the Commercial Satellite and Remote Sensing Symposium in Washington, D.C. today, ORBIMAGE's Executive Vice President and CFO, Armand Mancini, stated, "This new policy helps ORBIMAGE to gain better visibility into future revenues and provides a solid foundation to build a profitable business through our expanding relationships with the U.S. Government and international partners."

About OrbView-3 Satellite and Imagery:

The spacecraft was developed and built for ORBIMAGE by Orbital Sciences Corporation at its satellite manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia. OrbView-3 will provide high-resolution imagery from space. OrbView-3's high-resolution camera will acquire one-meter resolution panchromatic (black and white) and four-meter resolution multispectral (color) imagery. This imagery will be valuable to customers around the world for a wide-range of commercial, government and consumer applications. With the ability to image virtually anywhere in the world within three days, ORBIMAGE has established a global distribution network to produce and deliver basic imagery as well as high-resolution value-added products.


ORBIMAGE is a leading global provider of Earth imagery products and services, with a planned constellation of four digital remote sensing satellites. The company currently operates the OrbView-1 atmospheric imaging satellite launched in 1995, the OrbView-2 ocean and land multispectral imaging satellite launched in 1997, and a worldwide integrated image receiving, processing and distribution network. OrbView-3 is currently scheduled for launch in early June. ORBIMAGE is also the exclusive U.S. distributor of worldwide imagery from the Canadian RADARSAT-2 satellite, planned for launch in 2004. ORBIMAGE also offers the SeaStar Fisheries Information Service, which provides fish finding maps derived from OrbView-2 satellite imagery of the world's oceans to fishing customers worldwide.

More information about ORBIMAGE including details about the OrbView-3 satellite can be found at

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