GeoEye Brings More Resolution to Google Maps

CNet reports that Google is licensing data from the new GeoEye satellite launching next week. It’s the exclusive licensee of the images. Before you say that satellite imagery is “eye candy” and nothing more, the resolution of the images will apparently be able to capture “details the size of 41 centimeters.”

This should provide much better resolution across both Google Earth and Maps. A Google spokesperson quoted in the article said, “The GeoEye-1 satellite has the highest ground resolution color imagery available in the commercial marketplace and will produce high-quality imagery with a very accurate geolocation.”

Here are existing satellite images from Google Maps:

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3 Responses to “GeoEye Brings More Resolution to Google Maps”

  1. Tim Cohn Says:

    41 centimeters? Wow.

    How often will the new imagery be refreshed?

    Also, what determines which images get updated first?

  2. Greg Sterling Says:

    Don’t know answers.

  3. Images from the GeoEye in the Sky « Screenwerk Says:

    [...] from the GeoEye in the Sky Google is the exclusive online mapping beneficiary of new, high-resolution satellite GeoEye. It just released its first image taken on October 7, 2008 [...]

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