Thursday, October 23, 2008
New Google Earth Satellite Images Should Arrive by January
After we received the first public image from the GeoEye 1 , the new satellite image provider for Google Earth and Google Maps, many of us were left wondering when we'll get more of the sharply-detailed pics. Google claims it will be a few months before it receives the first images for use, so if we're lucky, Google Earth and Google Maps may get a serious upgrade in January.
The $500 million-dollar satellite, which is primarily used for the U.S. government, can zero-in on images as small as 16 inches. According to informationweek.com, Geo Eye 1 will downlink data to stations in Virginia, Alaska, Norway, and Antarctica. A fifth location, near Denver, Colo. has been readied to act as a backup.
Once Google receives and uploads the new images, the upgraded version of Google Earth and Google Maps should provide unprecendeted capabilities to find vital and captivating views of our amazing world.
In the meantime, you can track the GeoEye 1 as it travels at 17,000 miles-per-hour, with a pan area of 270,000 square miles per day and a monoscopic pan-sharpened area of 135,135 square miles per day. (about the size of New Mexico).
By Matt O'Hern at 11:47 AM | Comments (1)