Google buys HD-Video-From-Space-Skybox

Google kauft Skybox für 500 Mio. Dollar (via The Verge). Über deren HD-Satelliten-Videos in Echtzeit hatte ich schon ein paar mal gebloggt, das Ziel von Google ist offensichtlich: Google Maps in Echtzeit mit einer Auflösung von 1 Meter pro Pixel, kombiniert mit Googles Satelliten-Internet. Damals schrieb ich: „Dürfte nur noch eine Frage der Zeit sein, bis wir Online-Karten mit Live-Video-Feed haben“. Welcome to the Future. Aus 'nem Posting von damals:

At Skybox Imaging in nearby Palo Alto, plans are afoot for a swarm of 24 satellites, each weighing about 100 kilograms, which will take images of 1 metre resolution or better. Skybox launched its first satellite on 21 November and plans to launch another this year, followed by the remainder between 2015 and 2017.

In a first — at least for civilian satellites — Skybox’s devices will also stream short segments of near-live high-resolution video footage of the planet.

Von Re/code:

Google explained the deal as such: “Their satellites will help keep our maps accurate with up-to-date imagery. Over time, we also hope that Skybox’s team and technology will be able to help improve Internet access and disaster relief — areas Google has long been interested in.”

Skybox Imaging + Google

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