The American company GeoEye announced this weekend the success of the launching of its satellite GeoEye-1 will provide images of the Earth at very high resolution to users of Google Earth and Google Maps, and the U.S. government. The spacecraft was launched from the Vanderberg Base in California, using a Delta II rocket, among others wearing the logo of Google.


The first shots will be provided on an exclusive basis to Google (in the commercial field) this fall. It should therefore see Google Earth and Google Maps integrate these photos in high resolution before the end of the year.
Another satellite in 2011
GeoEye-1, worth 502 million dollars, was funded in part by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the Agency geospatial U.S. national intelligence.
The satellite will capture images of the Earth at a distance of 681 km and will move at a speed of 7 km per second. It will send images of 41 centimeters per pixel black and white and 1.65 meter in color.
Google is already using images provided by the satellite Ikonos of GeoEye, and by WorldView-1, competitor Digital Globe. The younger brother of GeoEye-1 is scheduled for 2011.