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‘Google Earth – How They Do It!’

PopPhoto.com has an article on how DigitalGlobe goes about collecting imagery for Google Earth.  From the story:

When you launch GoogleEarth on your computer, you start in outer space and you miraculously zoom in. You might see two unsuspecting guys walking across the Blue Wonder Bridge way off in Dresden, Germany.

But the folks at Google Earth remind us that you’re not zooming in on just one picture. You’re actually going through a succession – seamlessly – of closer and closer shots, making the transition from a NASA shuttle shot to a satellite shot to a photograph made from an airplane. So that’s how they get such good close-up resolution.

The primary source of GoogleEarth images is, DigitalGlobe. They told Pop Photo how the system works.

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GeoEye signs deal to provide imagery to Google – Reuters

Reuters is reporting that GeoEye will soon begin providing high-resolution imagery to Google for Google Maps and Google Earth.  Here are some highlights from the article:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – GeoEye Inc on Thursday said it will provide imagery from its new $502 million high-resolution GeoEye-1 satellite to Google Earth and Google Maps after the spacecraft is launched on September 4.

If all goes well with the launch, GeoEye’s new satellite will be the world’s highest resolution commercial earth-imaging satellite, offering images at .41 meters resolution in black and white and 1.65 meters in color.

Google spokeswoman Kate Hurowitz said Google would begin receiving half-meter resolution imagery from the new satellite after 45 to 60 days, during which the company will make sure all the satellite’s systems are up and running.

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