ORBIMAGE Adds GPS Ocean Tracking Buoys to its SeaStar Service Products

OrbBuoys Proving Successful in High Seas Fishing Industry

DULLES, Va., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ORBIMAGE Inc. ("ORBIMAGE") (Pink Sheets: ORBM), provider of satellite imagery and geospatial information services, announced that its SeaStar Fisheries Information Service has released a new OrbBuoy product line. The low profile buoys are designed to be stealthy to avoid loss, but can easily be retrieved through the use of high- accuracy GPS positioning, two-way communications (via the INMARSAT D+ satellite network), and a user-activated high intensity recovery beacon. Location information and control capability for each buoy is integrated in ORBIMAGE's OrbMap(TM) software which allows the fishermen to see and track each buoy's location on top of SeaStar ocean information maps.

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Partnering with ORBIMAGE on the OrbBuoy line are Airborne Technologies, Inc. (ATI), an Alaska based company specializing in ocean remote sensing technologies, and SecTrack, a worldwide supplier of airtime and INMARSAT D+ modems with service through all four Inmarsat regions. ATI is providing expertise with the overall buoy design and assembly, while SecTrack is working with ORBIMAGE to provide the two-way messaging system for the buoys.

"Our new D+ OrbBuoys incorporate the latest communication technologies and are proving to be more reliable and cost effective than other competing D+ buoys and conventional radio buoys that are still in use by the fishing industry," said Chris Wilson, Director of SeaStar Sales and Marketing. "With onboard GPS and reliable satellite communications, captains can easily locate and recover their OrbBuoys, saving search time and fuel."

"Our OrbBuoys have been in development and sea-trials for over three years while we refined the design and the components to reflect what captains of high-seas fishing vessels wanted," said Greg Hammann, Senior Director of Oceanographic Solutions. "With successful sea-trials we now have a buoy product line that is technologically very sophisticated yet economical and easy to use and recover. ORBIMAGE's custom buoy programming, ATI's design and manufacturing capabilities, and ORBIMAGE/SecTrack's message handling systems make this the ideal and most reliable drifting buoy solution in the marketplace."


ORBIMAGE is a leading global provider of Earth imagery products and services, with digital remote sensing satellites and an integrated worldwide image receiving, processing and distribution network. ORBIMAGE operates the OrbView-3 high-resolution satellite in addition to the OrbView-2 ocean and land multispectral imaging satellite, and the SeaStar Fisheries Information Service, which provides maps derived from essential oceanographic information to aid in commercial fishing. The company also produces value-added imagery products and photogrammetry engineering services at its St. Louis facility. ORBIMAGE distributes its products directly to the U.S. government for national security and related mapping applications. Commercial sales are handled through a worldwide network of value-added resellers, regional distributors, sales agents, and select strategic partners. The company is currently building a next-generation satellite, OrbView-5, which it plans to have in operation early in 2007.

For more information about ORBIMAGE, please see our web site at http://www.orbimage.com/.

About Airborne Technologies, Inc.

Airborne Technologies, Inc (ATI) is an Alaska based company specializing in ocean remote sensing technologies. The company has nearly two decades of experience flying surveys in near coastal waters doing projects for government agencies, academia as well as the private sector. Through a NASA funded project using remote sensing technologies for locating high seas marine debris, ATI developed satellite communicating ocean buoys and has recently opened a new division, Ocean Trek Research, to expand this product line. For more information about Airborne Technologies, Inc., please see their web site at http://www.atiak.com/.

About SecTrack:

SecTrack supplies airtime and INMARSAT D+ modems to partners worldwide tracking assets through all four Inmarsat ocean regions. One of the strengths SecTrack can offer is the wide ocean coverage, experience and easy satellite switching technology. The company has strong, established markets in the Americas, Europe and Africa, as well as in the Asia Pacific region. For more information about SecTrack, please see their web site at http://www.sectrackglobal.com/.

CONTACT: Chris Wilson of ORBIMAGE Inc., +1-703-480-7534, or
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