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Google Launches Satellite

 9:49 pm on Sep 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

High-resolution satellite launched in California - 1 hour ago

From John Battelle's Searchblog...

Google Says: We'll Get Own Own Data, Thanks

From Beet.TV...

Breaking News: Satellite to Gather Exclusive Images for Google Earth Blasts off in California



 10:13 pm on Sep 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

He, he. Okay, P1R, guess you've been out sniffing that Orange County air again. ;-)

Google and GeoEye sign an exclusive deal [news.cnet.com] for imagery taken by this bird. GeoEye makes nice by slapping a Google decal on the rocket along with those of 32 other companies.

Did Google really launch a satellite -- or is somebody's tin foil hat going wonky?


 10:17 pm on Sep 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

"Google is tracking you" takes on new meaning. :p

Next up: Google partners with Russian government for ballistic missile services. Various present and former members of WebmasterWorld purchase former Nato underground headquarters.


 10:36 pm on Sep 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

So now they'll be tying off-line behavior to online activity.


 10:55 pm on Sep 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

Shouldn't they rename that bird to GoogleEye-1?

Now tie all these services together and the Google mobile service may know your exact GPS location so they can tell who each of those little ants are as they snap pics on the fly.

sniffing that Orange County air again

You can't sniff the OC air, you have to carve off a slice and chew it.

To quote Steven Wright:
Every so often, I like to go to the window, look up, and smile for a satellite picture.

[edited by: incrediBILL at 10:55 pm (utc) on Sep. 6, 2008]


 12:49 am on Sep 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

Satellites are okay, but the Google Street View drone that buzzed my house and scared my dog was really, really annoying.


 12:59 am on Sep 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

the Google Street View drone that buzzed my house and scared my dog was really, really annoying.

lol give it a year :)



 1:45 am on Sep 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

At least this should mean the imaging is more up to date... until very recently it was 5 or 6 years out of date in the UK - you just had to look at what was being built.

As for the claim about accuracy - you can already make out the homeplate on a baseball field (look up Wrigley Field - note: not a baseball fan, so don't take anything from that - apart from it being the only one I remember the name of). What would be far better is if they managed to get the exposure/focus issues sorted out so imaging is consistantly OK/good.


 2:01 am on Sep 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

Under the deal, Google is the exclusive online mapping site that may use the

My bold. So another company owns and is launching the satellite and this company is providing images to a variety of parties of which Google is only one.

Hehe... Only at WebmasterWorld can this translate to the headline Google Launches Satellite.


 3:10 am on Sep 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

Google is Skynet (from Terminator). Hundreds of thousands of machines, now with eyes.


 9:47 am on Sep 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

Its really getting scary how can the US let a Company get so much Power, its pure Big Brother now owend by 1 Company, of cause they will also launch Phone, maybe buy a net contract also, spread "special" WLAN, then of cause its the web, where they have all there "special" Gadgets of all kind.


 12:30 pm on Sep 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

Can I do a reality check like jimbeetle did:

- This is not a "Google Satellite", Google is just one of many partners helping to fund it. Pizza Hut sponsored a Russian rocket many years ago and had its logo painted down the side, but that didn't mean it was a "Pizza Hut Rocket".

- There is no "Google Phone", Google is just providing existing manufacturers with the Android operating system (which is itself based on Linux which Google does not control).

- Google hasn't really made much profit outside its Search business, certainly nowhere near the same scale.

When it comes down to it, all that Google really dominates and gains strength from is Search. If Search vanished the company would collapse.

Google Maps is quite amazing to look at, but it's nothing unique. Many other mapping companies can provide photos of your backyard nowadays, it's simply the result of increasingly sophisticated satellite imagery being sold commercially.


 4:39 pm on Sep 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

Ouch! Hey, don't shoot the messenger! I'm blaming John Battelle who has now made a slight edit to the original post... ;)

Update: Apparently Google does not own the satellite, just the data...

Seriously though, I'm surprised that Google didn't already have their own Satellite. I stopped tracking their purchases over a year ago and at the time they were headed in this direction. This is probably a test and if successful the Google Satellite (GooLite, GooSat, whatever) will launch! Ting, ting, ting... :)


 10:00 pm on Sep 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

Ahh alas... someone fixed the title. =)


 6:46 am on Sep 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

Yet it's still incorrect. Google has the exclusive online mapping service deal with the satellite owner, not the exclusive data deal.


 12:06 pm on Sep 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

Should not be a big surprise that Google is investing more in satellite technology to improve mapping as it's founder is former NSA (No Such Agency) employee.

Now, Google will some day be "Geotracking" you with your unique Google cookie -- enjoy.

GeoEye-1 will orbit 423 miles above Earth, but it will be able to gather imagery with details the size of 41 centimeters... Google, though, is permitted to use data only with a resolution of 50cm because of the terms of GeoEye's license with the U.S. government.

Each day, the satellite will be able to gather a high-resolution "pan-sharpened" format surface area equal to that of about New Mexico, the company 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," said Google spokeswoman Kate Hurowitz, adding that most commercial satellite imagery has a resolution of 60cm. "It is our goal to display high-resolution imagery for as much of the world as possible, and GeoEye-1 will help further that goal."

The satellite was actually built for the U.S. National Geospatial Agency and Google only 'buys' images. It is not a Google 'satellite'.

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