On 06 September 2008 GeoEye, Inc. successfully launched and deployed its GeoEye-1, the world’s high est resolution, commercial Earth-imaging satellite.
Images from GeoEye-1 will be at 0.41 metre resolution in black and white and 1.65 metre in colour.
Even higher resolutions will follow with subsequent generations of GeoEye, but public use will be limited, apparently to 0.5 metre, by US security restrictions.
As reported by Reuters, GeoEye said it had signed up Google and would provide high-resolution imagery from the new satellite.
According to this report by Wired, this was of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, and you can see from this report that the image is extremely clear indeed.
You may be wondering how this might affect the clarity of Google Maps and Google Earth images when eventually the new high-resolutions images are put into use by Google.
Well, ReadWriteWeb has put out a before-and-after comparison, and it's immediately apparent from this that there will indeed be a very noticeable improvement.
How long it will take, I wonder, for the new high-resolution images of suburban Australia to appear in Google Maps. Probably a couple of years, but who knows?
Still, I can't wait to see them!
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