Yesterday Google confirmed it has purchased satellite start-up Skybox Imaging for $500m. Founded in 2009, Skybox’s satellites offer images and video clips at a resolution of around 1m per pixel – which can track single cars travelling along a road. The firm sent its first high-resolution satellite, SkySat-1, in to space last December but it plans to cover the sky with a full constellation of 24 satellites. Google comments on the acquisition:
Skybox’s satellites will help keep Google Maps accurate with up-to-date imagery. Over time, we also hope that Skybox’s team and technology will be able to help improve Internet access and disaster relief — areas Google has long been interested in.
It sounds like soon we’ll have access to really fresh (updated daily?) satellite images on Google Maps. Can you imagine such a revolution? But it’s not the only revolution that Mountain View giant is preparing for us. In April, Google purchased Titan Aerospace, a drone maker that Google and Facebook had been both interested for internet delivery ambitions. Google also works on project Loon which uses balloons to beam down web connectivity in remote areas. It seems that Google works on combining several technologies and in a few years it will be a major internet provider world wide.
source: Business Insider