Higher resolution images for Google Earth via GeoEye-1
Several weeks after the successful launch, GeoEye-1 started collecting new images of the Earth for customers at a higher resolution. The said customers include companies from oil and gas, insurance, risk management, real estate and mining industries, the internet giant Google as well as local and foreign government and military.
With Geo-Eye, objects as small as 16 inches could still be distinguished. However, Google will only access images at half-meter ground resolution because of licensing restrictions. Google will also not be able to show images of some protected places to the public.
The first proof of the boasted “world’s highest resolution and most accurate commercial imaging satellite” is the image of Kutztown University.
GeoEye-1 captured its first image while moving from the North Pole to the South Pole at 12pm EST on October 7 while elevated 423 miles above the Earth.