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GeoEye-1 Satellite  (Source: GeoEye Inc.)
Google will be exclusive online map service to use images from new satellite

Satellite imagery is used for many different reasons today from mapping and fun to military analysis and more. As more satellites are launched and new technologies are released, satellite imagery is getting better with each new satellite put into orbit.

GeoEye Inc. is getting ready to launch a new satellite that will be able to take images form orbit with a resolution of 0.41 meters in black and white and 1.65 meters in color. Current government regulations limit images being offered to the public to a resolution of a half-meter. The color resolution the satellite will offer is the highest in the market.

The resolution limitation is partly because the U.S. government fears the amount of information that can be found in satellite images on services like Google Earth.

Google will be the exclusive online map website to use the images taken by the GeoEye-1 satellite. The launch of the satellite was postponed in April and has been rescheduled for September 4. The total cost to build GeoEye-1 was $502 million according to Reuters. The satellite will be launched into orbit onboard a Delta II rocket.

GeoEye's Mark Brender says that while the Google logo will be on the side of the rocket and Google will be the exclusive user of the images in the online space taken with the satellite, Google has no financial involvement in the satellite.

Google says that it will have half-meter resolution images from the GeoEye-1 satellite 45 to 60 days after launch. Google's Kate Hurowitz told Reuters, "The combination of GeoEye's high-resolution, map-accurate satellite imagery from GeoEye-1 and Google's search and display capabilities provides users with access to rich, interactive visual image maps of the Earth."

Google also gets satellite imagery from another GeoEye satellite called IKONOS and from GeoEye rival Digital Globe.



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RE: No matter what satellite Google uses
By omnicronx on 9/2/2008 1:00:39 PM , Rating: 2
I always found that funny, they blur out any area that is considered sensitive.. but doesn't that only help people out in findings objects that are not meant to be found?.. "Hmm a blur in the middle of New Mexico where it appears there is only sand and more sand.. I wonder what it could be..."


RE: No matter what satellite Google uses
By vapore0n on 9/2/2008 1:07:11 PM , Rating: 2
Dont worry. If those areas are sensitive, you wont be getting near them anyway.


RE: No matter what satellite Google uses
By Topweasel on 9/2/2008 1:47:08 PM , Rating: 2
No that's the point. You basically sit there and pinpoint sensitive areas by instead of Covering it up (or setting up a base underground. You blur it out because its sensitive. Its like taking a marker and drawing an area on the map, writing under it top secret, and then be told by people to ignore it as its unimportant.


RE: No matter what satellite Google uses
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 9/2/2008 2:09:51 PM , Rating: 3
Well that's easy to fix. Say you are the Government and need 20 blurred out spots. You simply blur out 100 spot on top of your needed 20. Put enough mis-leading spots out there and most of the people will lose interest fast. The others, well security will deal with them (if needed).


By Penti on 9/4/2008 2:25:07 AM , Rating: 2
On aerial photography here in Sweden they just paint some treas to hide details</> of sensitive objects. Or other such things, hiding roads and buildings in the desert by retouching the images should be no problem. But of course they don't retouch satellite images, but it's really about hiding the details of the objects not the existence of say a military building. That's why they don't even need to blur the locations on satellite images, they don't provide the resolution.


By FITCamaro on 9/2/2008 2:28:31 PM , Rating: 2
The point isn't to not let people know where they are. It's so that people can't see any buildings or anything else that might have been on the ground that day.


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