MapBox announces near real-time imagery coming soon

MapBox, who we mentioned briefly from the Where Conference last year, has just made a very impressive announcement — soon, you’ll be able to grab imagery as fresh as six hours old from many places around the world. With standard imagery taking weeks or months to appear in Google Earth, this would be quite a drastic change.

According to Wired, their initial goal will be on “getting images of news-worthy events ASAP. Images of things like landslides, floods, wildfires, volcanic eruptions, train crashes, oil spills and other disasters, war zones, massive protests or other gatherings, ice-shelf break-ups, etc.


Unfortunately, MapBox doesn’t allow you to export their data as KML into Google Earth.  Perhaps with this new imagery system there will be new ways to download and use it, but time will tell.  The MapBox interface is quite nice, but integration with other products such as Google Earth would make it far better.

They plan to launch this new system (“MapBox Satellite Live”) later this summer, so we’ll keep you posted.  You can read more about it from this post on their blog.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. archangelmichael2 says:

    Is this next years April fools day joke or is it this years late? If not I feel sorry for those who don’t have computers equal to NASA.

  2. archangelmichael2 says:

    On the other hand this may be *throw away* technology the black ops are deciding to give to us as they have something better since the new computer data center in Colorado opened up to spy on our emails and phone calls among many other little things we do.

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