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Thursday, October 09, 2008

US satellite returns first high resolution images

Satellite imaging company GeoEye has released the first pic from its GeoEye-1, launched on 6 September and destined to provide high resolution pictures for Google's Earth and Maps services.

According to Cnet, commercial customers include Google, which has "an exclusive partnership to use the GeoEye-1 imagery for online services". The powers that be will also benefit from GeoEye-1's sharp eyesight. GeoEye's CEO, Bill Schuster, explained that the satellite is "an excellent fit to meet the US Government's important requirements for mapping and broad area space-based imagery collection over the next decade".

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