Google Earth Gets Highest-Res Satellite Images Ever


Google Earth Gets Highest-Res Satellite Images Ever

Google Earth will be receiving the highest resolution color satellite images available on the commercial market, thanks to Saturday's successful launch of the GeoEye-1 satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The GeoEye-1 satellite will capture digital images of Earth from a distance of 423 miles, while moving at 4.5 miles per second.

The GeoEye-1 satellite is able to capture images at 5.5 feet resolution in color and 16 inches resolution in black and white. However, under current government regulations, GeoEye can only offer 1.64 feet resolution images to the general public.

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin were on hand to watch the launch of GeoEye-1, according to Google spokesman Brian O'Shaughnessy, Reuters reported.

Reuters said that while GeoEye does provide images to Google competitors such as Yahoo!, that Google will be GeoEye's only online-search mapping customer.

The GeoEye-1 satellite was constructed by solution provider General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, at General Dynamics' Gilbert, Ariz., facility. General Dynamics (No. 9 on the 2008 VARBusiness 500) designed and manufactured the satellite, integrated the camera and optical telescope assembly, and did environmental testing of the satellite.

The steadiness of the camera, the agility of the satellite, and the ability to map large areas daily are all innovations we've incorporated into the GeoEye-1 satellite, said Mike Greenwood, a General Dynamics spokesman.

Matthew O'Connell, GeoEye chief executive officer, said in a statement, "Later this fall, we will start providing high-resolution color imagery of the Earth from our newest satellite to customers around the globe. The imagery from GeoEye-1 adds to the quantity and quality of that currently provided by our IKONOS satellite, and together this magnificent constellation will enable us to meet world-wide customer demand."

Google-focused satellite enters orbit

The GeoEye-1 satellite that launched into orbit Saturday is on a mission from Google.

Well, not just Google. The GeoEye-1 is part of the NextView program of the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, a dot-mil organization that, odd as it may seem, wants access to commercial satellite imagery to support its national security mission. GeoEye, the company, won its $500 million NextView contract four years ago.
Google's rocket-borne logo

But the search titan does have the exclusive rights among online mapping sites to the GeoEye-1 images, which it will use in its Google Earth and Google Maps offerings. It even got its corporate logo emblazoned on the launch rocket, right below Boeing's.

Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page were on hand at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California for Saturday morning's launch, according to the Reuters news agency.

GeoEye said Saturday afternoon that the satellite had separated from the second stage of the Delta II rocket and was initializing its onboard systems.

The GeoEye-1 will zip around the Earth at about 4.5 miles per second, taking both color and black-and-white images from a distance of 423 miles. Its camera can distinguish objects on the ground as small as 16 inches in size, according to GeoEye. Because of U.S. licensing restrictions, Google's resolutions won't be quite that sharp.

High-resolution color images are expected later in the fall.

A GeoEye-2 satellite is scheduled for launch in 2011.

谷歌地圖衛星升空 將提供解析度50釐米圖像
來源:新華網 2008 / 09 / 09 星期二 17:45

據國外媒體報導,美國商業衛星遙感公司GeoEye今日宣佈,迄今為止解析度最高的商業對地成像衛星“地眼一號”從加州成功升空,將為Google Earth提供50釐米解析度高清照片。 除了Google之外,該衛星還將向美國政府以及其他商業客戶提供高清地面照片。


谷歌發言人Kate Hurowitz稱:“在商用衛星市場,地眼一號是解析度最高的商業對地成像衛星。大多數衛星的解析度為60釐米,而GeoEye-1可達到41釐米。”



Google地球(Google Earth)是一款Google公司開發的虛擬地球儀軟體, 它把衛星照片、航空照相和GIS佈置在一個地球的三維模型上。

Google Earth于2005年向全球推出,被“PC 世界雜誌”評為2005年全球100種最佳新產品之一。用戶們可以通過一個下載到自己電腦上的用戶端軟體,免費流覽全球各地的高清晰度衛星圖片\NEWSBASE\20080909\WEB2102&vi=34097&sdt=20080907&edt=20080909&top=50&date=20080909&time=17:45:51&cls=index1_totalnews

台灣好像還沒見到這則新聞,對我來說GOOGLE EARTH比金正日有趣。所以,金正日的新聞移到明天吧。

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