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New satellite to sharpen Google Earth

Discussion in 'Google' started by resuccess, Mar 10, 2008.

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    New satellite to sharpen Google Earth


    DigitalGlobe, provider of imagery for Google Inc's interactive mapping program Google Earth, said a new high-resolution satellite will boost the accuracy of its satellite images and flesh out its archive.

    The new spacecraft, dubbed WorldView I, is to be launched on Tuesday.

    Together with the company's existing Quickbird satellite, it will offer half-meter resolution and will be able to collect over 600,000 square kilometers of imagery each day, up from the current collection of that amount each week, Chief Executive Jill Smith told Reuters in a telephone interview.

    She said Tuesday's launch -- to be broadcast live on the Internet here -- and the planned launch of a second Worldview II satellite in late 2008, were critical milestones for the company.

    Privately held DigitalGlobe is still working toward an initial public offering in the next few years, Smith said. She declined to say whether that could come before the launch of the second WorldView satellite.

    "The business is as strong as we had hoped," Smith said, adding, "The key is to continue to hit the milestones that we've set."

    Once its third satellite is launched, DigitalGlobe said it will be collecting more than 1 million square kilometers per day of high-resolution imagery.

    Smith said WorldView I should allow far faster collection of imagery and add more quickly to the company's archive, which is already the world's largest commercial archive of satellite images. The library contains more than 300 million square kilometers of satellite and aerial imagery.
     
    resuccess, Mar 10, 2008 IP
  2. BuckBuck

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    Good news. Cant wait till the new images are available.
     
    BuckBuck, Mar 10, 2008 IP
  3. Pixelrage

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    #3
    same here, there are way too many ignored sections on Google Earth! It seems like most non-city areas are blurry or poorly detailed.
     
    Pixelrage, Mar 10, 2008 IP
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    Proximity Banned

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    #4
    Wow, good news indeed thanks for sharing
     
    Proximity, Mar 10, 2008 IP
  5. malcolm1

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    #5
    As long as it dont start peaking inside our bedroom window or backyard then great ;)

    thx
    malcolm
     
    malcolm1, Mar 10, 2008 IP
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    Still can't find "Bin Laden" though
     
    Carsparefinder, Mar 12, 2008 IP
  7. wallarookiller

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    LOL
    :D:D:D
    I'll keep looking
     
    wallarookiller, Mar 13, 2008 IP