Friday, October 10, 2008
Google Earth Upgrades Images With Geo Eye 1 Satellite
If you've wondered why some of the images on your Google Earth appear outdated, or out of focus, it's because Google wasn't utilizing the latest satellite technology, but that's all changed.Today,the $500 milion GeoEye-1, which launched last month, relayed its first image back to earth.
What did the first image reveal?An impressively detailed view of the world-renowned institution- Kutztown University. (With an undergrad enrollment of 9,000 students- I think a trustee must have slipped a big check Google's way). The image from Geo Eye displayed KU's football stadium, and the clarity is strong enough to see the mascot's painted in the end zone. Go Golden Bears!
According to the report from APF news agency, national security was a priority when the contracts were signed.
GeoEye-1's government clients will receive higher resolution photos than commercial clients such as Google. Because of national security concerns, GeoEye-1's government clients will receive higher resolution photos than commercial clients such as Google, which plans to use the images on its popular Google Maps and Google Earth programs. The satellite imagery from GeoEye-1 will be of a higher resolution and better quality than what is currently available on Google Maps and Google Earth.
My only question- How will the NFL respond after Bill Belichick discovers this new device that's perfect for spying on the practice field of the Patriots' next opponent?
By Matt O'Hern at 04:43 PM | Comments (4)