Google adds new content to the satellite and aerial photos for Google Earth every few weeks. During the last couple of weeks several new areas were updated:
- Some areas of downtown Chicago were updated. Meigs Field , the former location of the default Microsoft Flight Simulator airport, is seen to no longer look like an airport and the transition to a park is well on its way. The mayor of Chicago should have been fined for breaking contract with the government and closing the airport a few years ago. Note: although the photos in Chicago seem to be newer, the quality is worse than the last batch.
- The Canary Islands – The update to these islands seems to have been a bit of a disaster. Apparently a local aerial photography company called Grafcan managed to get a contract with Google to supply Canary Island photography. The data they supplied was reportedly taken in 2002 (yet the Digital Globe photography it replaced was newer). The aerial photo coverage of the islands is certainly better with the new Grafcan data. But, according to local environmentalists the government is trying to hide recent developments with the older photos. Not only that, but Grafcan’s images have been censored (a military base is blanked out). These issues have been covered quite well at OgleEarth here and here.
- There are also reports that new aerial photos have been added to parts of Japan.