The Ikonos 1, the first of two remote-sensing satellites being built by Lockheed Martin for Space Imaging EOSAT in Colorado, is scheduled for launch on a Lockheed Martin Launch Vehicle 2 two-stage booster from Vandenberg AFB, California, in December (Flight International, 18-31 December, 1996). The satellite will be used to provide 1m-resolution black and white and multi-spectral digital imagery. The Ikonos, based on the LM 900 spacecraft bus, will weigh 550kg in orbit. Launch of the Ikonos 2 is scheduled for September 1998.

Source: Flight International