News Roundup: GlobeXplorer Acquired by DigitalGlobe, Conferences, Google Telescope

  • GlobeXplorer Acquired by DigitalGlobeReuters reports on this acquisition which is interesting because DigitalGlobe is the primary provider of satellite imagery for Google Earth. GlobeXplorer provides software for distributing imagery and also previously acquired an aerial photography business. All Points Blog has a podcast interview with DigitalGlobe’s CEO Jill Smith.
  • Conferences – John Bailey of the Alaska Volcano Observatory is maintaining a calendar of conferences, workshops, short courses, etc. that are targeted at scientific uses of virtual globes. John also helped organize the special sessions on virtual globes at AGU.
  • Google Telescope – Google has been recruited to help solve a massive data challenge for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope which will be built and operational in 2013. The telescope will survey the entire sky creating 30 Terabytes of data each night. Google hasn’t determined whether the data will be organized in a specific product, like the popular Google Earth, said company spokesman Jon Murchinson.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

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