New satellite to sharpen Google Earth


The WorldView-1 satellite was launched on Tuesday, September 18, 2007, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. WorldView-1 is the first of two new next-generation satellites DigitalGlobe, a leader in the global commercial Earth imagery and geospatial information market, plans to launch. Boeing Launch Services has been contracted to provide the end-to-end launch services for DigitalGlobe.The new satellite will also provide far more accurate data, including the ability to pinpoint objects on the Earth at three to 7.5 meters, or 10 to 25 feet.
DigitalGlobe, provider of imagery for Google Inc's interactive mapping program Google Earth, said it's going to use a new high-resolution satellite - WorldView I - to boost the accuracy of images. Together with the company’s existing Quickbird satellite, it will offer half-meter resolution and will be able to collect over 600,000 square kilometers of imagery each day.

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