Google rebrands Skybox Imaging as Terra Bella

Is Google finally ready to launch the next-gen search engine? One thats based on location data!


Back in 2014, Skybox Imaging made the headlines for its 500m USD acquisition by Google Inc.  It’s interesting to note Google’s comments on the acquisition

“Their satellites will help keep our 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.” – Google press release – Business Insider

Introducing Terra Bella

Fast forward to 2016 – Skybox Imaging is now Terra Bella. The branding isn’t just a namesake one, Terra Bella has a new vision altogether and this time, it doesn’t seem like Google and Terra Bella want to settle at just updating Google Maps and improving internet access. (Read: Introducing Terra Bella).

A new name, A new vision!
A new name, A new vision!

Looks like Google and Terra Bella are finally ready to harness the power of spatial data and build that satellite-based search engine we all want to see 😉


I am one of those passionate "Geo-geeks" and "Geo-people" who is just too excited about everything Geo and Management. Location information and spatial technologies are just too big to take a back seat and watch them revolutionize the world. Always curious and looking for ways to innovate, I guess that it comes naturally by the gene pool I inherited from an engineer Mom and a researcher Dad.


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