Monday, September 08, 2008

Google to Get Its Own Satellite

Google has signed a deal under which GeoEye will supply the search giant with imagery from a satellite due to launch in coming days, the companies said. Under the deal, Google is the exclusive online mapping site that may use the imagery, said Mark Brender, vice president of corporate communications and marketing. Google uses satellite imagery in its Google Maps and Google Earth product. And as a little icing on the cake, Google's logo is on the side of the rocket set to launch the 4,300-pound satellite in six days from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. GeoEye-1 will orbit 423 miles above Earth, but it will be able to gather imagery with details the size of 41 centimeters, Brender said. Google, though, is permitted to use data only with a resolution of 50cm because of the terms of GeoEye's license with the U.S. government. Full Story...

5 comments:

pimp-a-lot bear said...

very nice!

pimp-a-lot bear said...

does this mean we'll get a live version soon? :)

Annom said...

Nice! The whole Earth in 50cm pixels!

8,163,593,683 megapixels in total....

Annom said...

cost = 500 million $

dekus said...

There are some days when I don't have that kind of money...