GeoEye-1 Earth-Imaging Satellite Goes Online

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and Google-sponsored GeoEye-1 satellite, which was launched on September 6, has begun capturing image data from its orbit 423 miles above Earth. The satellite had been undergoing calibration and check out since launch, but transmitted its first, full color half-meter ground resolution images yesterday.

Although the first images released from the Satellite are half-meter ground resolution, GeoEye-1 is actually capable of capturing much more precise images. Due to U.S. licensing restrictions, commercial customers--like Google--can only be given access to imagery that has been processed to half-meter ground resolution. But the GeoEye-1 satellite actually collects 0.41-meter ground resolution black-and-white imagery in the panchromatic mode and 1.65-meter color imagery in multispectral mode.
 
 

 
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This first image released by the GeoEye-1 team shows Kutztown University, which is located midway between Reading and Allentown, Penn. The image was produced by fusing the satellite's panchromatic and multispectral data to produce a high-quality, true-color image. Images captured by the satellite already show great detail, but engineers working on the project expect them to get even better as they continue to dial in the calibration.

Matthew O'Connell, GeoEye's chief executive officer, said,
"We are pleased to release the first GeoEye-1 image, bringing us even closer to the start of the satellite's commercial operations and sales to our customers. This is a remarkable achievement, and I want to thank all of our employees, customers, especially the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, strategic partners, vendors and investors for their support."

The Kutztown University image shows the campus, which includes academic buildings, parking lots, roads, athletic fields and the track-and-field facility. The image was collected at 12:00 p.m. EDT on Oct. 7, 2008 while GeoEye-1 was moving north to south in a 423-mile-high (681 km) orbit over the eastern seaboard of the U.S. at a speed of four-and-one-half miles per second.

The GeoEye-1 satellite was built by General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems in Gilbert, Ariz. The imaging system, however, was built by ITT in Rochester, NY.

We are unsure when image data captured by the new GeoEye-1 satellite will make its way into Google Earth or Google Maps, but once it does expect the clarity and resolution to be much better than what is available today.

Via:  GeoEye
Tags:  Satellite, Online, imaging, Mag, Earth, Aging, art, RT, AG, EA, IM, AR
Comments
amdcrankitup 6 years ago

Thats pretty impressive.Hard to imagine thet detail from 423 miles above the Earth!

3vi1 6 years ago

It's getting so that a guy can't flip off airplanes anymore without getting angry calls from Internet users.

Now, we just need a browser plugin that lets you speak coordinates and makes sounds like an ESPER.

marco c 6 years ago

Agreed. If this is the kind of information / imagery released to the public, imagine the kind of resolution gov't entities really have with spy satelites, etc. If Hubble can photograph galaxies light years away with clarity, we can certainly read someone's ID or snag a license plate from a few hundred miles up.

bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

[quote user="Marco C"]

Agreed. If this is the kind of information / imagery released to the public, imagine the kind of resolution gov't entities really have with spy satelites, etc. If Hubble can photograph galaxies light years away with clarity, we can certainly read someone's ID or snag a license plate from a few hundred miles up.

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Oh yeah I remember years ago someone saying the could see a stamp laying on the ground. With the recent development of digital camaras I'm sure they can see anything.

 

bobwho 6 years ago

This is great! With a detailed proper exam, I can rule out colon cancer!

bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

[quote user="bobwho"]

This is great! With a detailed proper exam, I can rule out colon cancer!

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Bobwho? We already have a Bob. Just kiddin welcome to HH forums!

 

amdcrankitup 6 years ago

No doubt Im sure they can look through your living room window and watch the nightly news with you.

marco c 6 years ago

Just to fuel the fire, I also read a while back--I forget where--that the security strips in newer 20, 50, and 100 dollar bills, when stacked in a large enough quantities, emit just enough gamma radiation to be detectable from space. Supposedly, it gives the gov't the ability to track large sums of cash being moved into and out of the country.

bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

[quote user="Marco C"]

Just to fuel the fire, I also read a while back--I forget where--that the security strips in newer 20, 50, and 100 dollar bills, when stacked in a large enough quantities, emit just enough gamma radiation to be detectable from space. Supposedly, it gives the gov't the ability to track large sums of cash being moved into and out of the country.

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Thats genius!

 

3vi1 6 years ago

>> the security strips in newer 20, 50, and 100 dollar bills, when stacked in a large enough quantities, emit just enough gamma radiation to be detectable from space <<

I had wondered why... when I punched Bill Gates in the face... he turned green and ripped a car in half.  Now I know.

And knowing is half the battle. GO JOE!

Der Meister 6 years ago

very cool. lets se how many countires it makes mad...lol

amdcrankitup 6 years ago

[quote user="Marco C"]

Just to fuel the fire, I also read a while back--I forget where--that the security strips in newer 20, 50, and 100 dollar bills, when stacked in a large enough quantities, emit just enough gamma radiation to be detectable from space. Supposedly, it gives the gov't the ability to track large sums of cash being moved into and out of the country.

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 Hey maybe they should have turned that Bad Boy on when all of these corp CEO,s were stealing everybodys money and driving our country into our current economic nightmare! Hmmmmmmmmmmm!

Humptydank 6 years ago

Marco C:

That's actually not true...

http://www.snopes.com/business/money/strip.asp

Sorry.

ivi 6 years ago

One answer to the question (asked on /.): Why Kutztown Univ, already?!? is:

The sports field looks like a Sony PSP...  [ Subtle product placement ]   ;-)

 

marco c 6 years ago

Heh. Actually the answer isn't as sneaky. That's where the satellite happened to be pointed the moment its sensor was turned on. From GeoEye, "This image captures what is in fact the very first location the satellite saw when we opened the camera door and started imaging. We expect the quality of the imagery to be even better as we continue the calibration activity."

3vi1 6 years ago

Whew... I've actually been to Kutztown a few times. They used to have this killer store that sold only Amiga and C=64 stuff. :)

shanewu 6 years ago

Just makes you realize that the movie Enemy of the State probably isn't that far-fetched, ya know?

rapid1 6 years ago

rofl imagine that the government military satellites are about 4-500% more accurate than this. They are also mapped and have been configured for years now. I was watching a military special on this wall they built across a part of the city in Baghdad the other day. The operation took a couple months. Of course there were human troops in the battle to a good number the whole battle. However most of the major strikes were carried out by the unmanned aircraft. The imagery was in full motion and they are totally unmanned equipped with missiles and they film it all. The imagery was incredible on these as well. This information was in a special that was finished filming probably two months ago. The operation was over six-twelve months ago. This information was released for public viewing. So think about what the government could do unmanned with there mapped satellite's and one of these. Not only could they watch you picking your nose and throwing trash out the window of your car. They could tell you what that trash was where you threw it out and the time to the millisecond if they wanted. They could kill anyone, anywhere in the world with no human interaction other than the initial computer command's. Not to mention watch you with your girlfriend on the back porch when no one else was around, and upload it to the media discretely if they wanted.

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