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).
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 😉