Press Release

ORBIMAGE Announces June 26th as the Launch Date for its OrbView-3 High-Resolution Imaging Satellite

By SpaceRef Editor
June 23, 2003
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Launch on Pegasus Rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

Orbital Imaging Corporation (ORBIMAGE)
announced today that its OrbView-3 high-resolution imaging satellite is
scheduled for launch this Thursday, June 26, 2003 from Vandenberg Air Force
Base in California. OrbView-3 will be launched on a Pegasus® rocket
provided by Orbital Sciences Corporation. Subject to acceptable weather
conditions at Vandenberg Air Force Base, the launch window on Thursday extends
from 2:50 p.m. to 3:05 p.m. (EDT). Live mission updates will begin at 2:00
p.m. (EDT) on ORBIMAGE’s web site at http://www.orbimage.com.

“We are excited to announce the long-awaited launch of our OrbView-3 high-
resolution imaging satellite,” said Matt O’Connell, ORBIMAGE’s CEO. “The
utility and value of high-resolution imagery has been proven over the last few
years, particularly in support of our Nation’s national security requirements.
ORBIMAGE has a long and proven track record in map production, satellite
operations and related services. This heritage, combined with our contract
backlog for OrbView-3, the increased demand for our products and services and
completion of our financial restructuring, all position ORBIMAGE to quickly
achieve a leadership role in our industry.”

The OrbView-3 satellite will supply high-resolution optical imagery of the
Earth with its onboard camera that will take one-meter resolution panchromatic
(black-and-white) and four-meter resolution multispectral (color) images of
the entire planet. The satellite, in its final 470 km circular orbit inclined
at 97 degrees to the equator, will have a revisit time of three days or less,
enabling ORBIMAGE to continually update its imagery archive. From its control
center in Dulles, Virginia ORBIMAGE will provide full telemetry, tracking and
tasking of the OrbView-3 satellite based on orders received from its customers
and international distributor partners.

On launch day, the Pegasus rocket will be prepared for its mission during
a series of pre-launch readiness checks. Following a final launch decision,
the rocket will be carried aloft beneath Orbital’s “Stargazer” L-1011 carrier
aircraft to approximately 39,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean, where it will
then be released into a free fall for 5 seconds before the first stage rocket
motor ignites. Approximately 10 minutes after the rocket ignition, the
OrbView-3 satellite will separate from the rocket’s third stage and be placed
into its intended orbit.

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 be one of the world’s first commercial satellites to
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 network of
distributor partners to produce and deliver basic imagery as well as high-
resolution value-added products.

About ORBIMAGE:

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. 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 and launch, can be found at http://www.orbimage.com.

SpaceRef staff editor.