Google earth satellite
Google Earth has proven to be a wonderful tool, which takes us to the most remote corners of the planet with just a few clicks. The detail of the images is more than acceptable and available information is increasing. However, Google has not fallen asleep at the wheel, and plans to increase the resolution of the images available on Earth, thanks to GeoEye-1 satellite, which has exclusive access. If you do not believe us, look at the pictures for yourself: They are excellent.
The GeoEye-1 satellite was launched last September 2008, and as is detailed in one side of his rocket the Google logo. The amount Google had to pay and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency was very interesting: A little more than u $ s 500 million, both by satellite and updates shore facilities. The satellite took about four months of constant checks to confirm that all systems were functional, and that's how Google officially announced the start of commercial operations of the Google earth satellite in February last year.
Examples of this new Google earth satellite capacity, wonderful pictures taken from around the world. Mount Fuji and the pyramids of Egypt are just two of the many locations available. The maximum image quality that can take the GeoEye-1 is a detail of 41 inches, but this quality is intended only for the exclusive use of the U.S. government. Instead, Google can use in Google Earth detailed images of 50 inches, ten fewer than the maximum available to date commercial satellites.For those accustomed to frequently travel through Google earth satellite, it's just a matter of time before the GeoEye-1 starts to upgrade all the images available, with other higher resolution. View images from GeoEye-1 is very easy, just go to the Google Earth and have installed the Google Earth plugin to view through the browser, or download the KML file that enables access to these photos through a local installation of Google Earth (double click the file, and that's all). An improvement that users of Google earth satellite, in any way you can lose.
The first Google earth satellite images are available for viewing and downloading from Web GeoEye and certainly worth spending time watching them because you can see the difference in quality of them compared to those currently displayed by Google Maps. The image is a detail of the city of Singapore and to view the full image, click on it and you will enjoy of an image really spectacular, especially if we think that we could soon see the entire planet with that level of detail (if Google solves the small matter of the storage capacity that would be needed, as this only occupies 1.5 MB)
After seeing the first images, we see that the sharpness of the same has increased, even with respect to the high-resolution images taken from planes that can now be viewed in Google earth satellite Earth. Keep in mind that these images are taken from satellite and still have higher resolution, so it follows that we can soon enjoy greater detail in Google Earth both our professional and leisure activities or simple virtual tourism. An important detail to note is the level of resolution that can offer these images. Since the satellite has two types of cameras, can provide black and white images that will discriminate objects 40 cm, while the color may differentiate objects over 1.65 meters.
And now my personal reflection about it. If in full year 2008 to reach these levels of detail in Google earth satellite pictures, when in 1992 we were told the U.S. Army with satellite images were able to read the headlines of the newspaper he was reading a "terrorist" in Iraq Baghdad, would we were telling a bullshit of yours or is that technology has advanced little since then? This is a question I'll stay if unresolved, I guess, but knowing for a fact that in the Gulf War bombing spent millions in real cardboard tanks, my ideas become clearer. In any case, hopefully the GeoEye-1 images are not the product of a virtuoso Photoshop or if they are, it is true when you paint the areas you go fishing, because those are some of my references in Google earth satellite.