In June last year Google acquired Skybox Imaging. So far they have launched two imaging satellites, but plan to launch many more.
We have had a look at some of their early images, such as the animated gifs of Burning Man created from images captured during the festival.
We also had a look at the Skybox for Good program that collects satellite imagery for selected non-profits.
Skybox has posted on their site a satellite image showing the Poppy display at the Tower of London that took place in November last year to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
Satellite image of the Tower of London showing the moat filled with red ceramic poppies. See the full image on the Skybox website.
We have been hoping to see Skybox imagery making its way into Google Earth’s imagery, but we are not aware of this happening yet. It may be that Google has decided not to use Skybox imagery for Google Earth because the imagery is not as high resolution as other providers, such as Digital Globe.