Looking for a model rocket, 3D glasses, or some other piece of GeoEye? GeoEye is holding an online auction from January 17 through January 23, 2013 to auction off pieces from GeoEye.
On January 9, 2013, the merger of DigitalGlobe and GeoEye was approved by the antitrust section of the Justice Department. The move towards a merger was first announced on July 23, 2012. Because this merger will leave the United States with DigitalGlobe as the nation’s sole remaining commercial satellite imagery company, approval of the merger by the Justice Department was required. The merger still requires signoff by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) which is expected by the end of January.
LBx Journal, which has a a summary article about the state of satellite imagery in its article, “The Fate of U.S. Commercial Satellite Imagery” noted: “GeoEye and DigitalGlobe represent approximately 75% of this market, and 2/3 of their revenue is tied to the U.S. government.” Slashes to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)’s budget have deeply impacted its EnhancedView contract through which the agency purchases satellite imagery from those companies.
Only three other commercial satellite imagery companies are in existence today: Astrium Geo (France), and ImageSat (Israel), and RapidEye (Germany).
Since the combined company will retain the name DigitalGlobe, GeoEye branded items are part of the auction list. The items on the silent auction are all listed tongue-in-cheek as “priceless” and the auction description claims that “[t]he GeoEye branded items are soon to be collectors items.” All proceeds from the auction will be donated to charity, although the specific charity isn’t named.
Stating, “Everything Must Geo”, even the individual letter signage from the Herndon, Virginia headquarters of GeoEye is up for grabs. External letter signs have a starting bid of $40 each and reception letter signs starting bid is $25. Two pairs of Samsung 3D Glasses are listed starting at $25 each as well. Additional items include models of the Atlas-5 and Delta-2 rockets, GeoEye Swag bags (containing backpacks, t-shirts, blankets, and other items). Lastly, a model of the GeoEye-2 Satellite is up for auction.
Visit: GeoEye Auction