IKONOS 2 / Athena-2

Lockheed Martin Corporation successfully launched an Athena 2 launch vehicle on September 24, 1999, at 2:21 p.m. EDT. The Athena 2 was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and carried the IKONOS 2 satellite to sun-synchronous low earth orbit. IKONOS 2 is the world's first commercial satellite to supply images of the Earth that will show objects on the ground as small as one meter in diameter. This imagery has five-foot location accuracy on the ground, making it ideal for mapping applications for utilities and public works companies, commercial development companies, environmental monitoring, and other earth information applications.

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