WorldView-4 and SkySat launches

The next couple of days will see two significant launches for satellite imaging. If all goes well, the first launch will be four SkySat satellites owned by Google's Terra Bella. They are expected to … [Read more...]

Can we see Antarctic seals in Google Earth?

We recently came across this interesting article on the DigitalGlobe blog. It is about using imagery crowd-sourcing site Tomnod to count seals in DigitalGlobe satellite imagery of Antarctica. The very … [Read more...]

WorldView-4

DigtialGlobe's WorldView-4 is expected to be launched next month, on September 15, 2016. According to Wikipedia, WorldView-4 started life as GeoEye-2 back in 2007. However, DigitalGlobe bought GeoEye … [Read more...]

Sun-synchronous orbit

In yesterday's post we suggested that the reason for the near polar orbit of most imaging satellites was to improve coverage. After a bit more research it turns out to be more interesting than that. … [Read more...]

Saab and DigitalGlobe working on 3D globe

Saab and DigitalGlobe have announced a new joint venture called Vricon. It will be a Google Earth like product featuring 3D models similar to the 3D mesh that Google is rolling out. The key difference … [Read more...]

Oil Slick from Oil Platform Explosion in Google Earth

Most oil platforms can not be seen in Google Earth. This is because Google and its imagery providers do not bother with imagery of the oceans far from the coast unless there is something of particular … [Read more...]

Another look at DigitalGlobe’s FirstLook coverage

Last week we had a look at Digital Globe's FirstLook service and some imagery of the damage done by Cyclone Pam to Vanuatu.We have been going through some of the locations from the DigitalGlobe … [Read more...]

Cyclone Pam and DigitalGlobe FirstLook coverage

This last weekend Tropical Cyclone Pam struck the Islands of Vanuatu in the South Pacific causing widespread devastation.We were asked by a GEB reader whether the satellite imaging companies would … [Read more...]

DigitalGlobe now selling 30cm imagery

In August last year DigitalGlobe launched their World View-3 satellite. A few weeks later we showed you some of the first imagery they released.Last week DigitalGlobe announced that they are now … [Read more...]

Digital Globe top image of 2014

Over the last few years Digital Globe, one of Google Earth's main sources of satellite imagery, has been holding a contest for the best satellite image of the year. The winning image for 2012 was of … [Read more...]