[JPL] GeoEye-1, the “Google satellite,” will capture the Obama Inauguration from space

Dr. Jazz drjazz at drjazz.com
Tue Jan 20 10:21:01 EST 2009


GeoEye-1, the powerful imagery satellite that is perhaps best known as 
the “Google satellite” (because Google has a deal to use its pictures 
<http://venturebeat.com/2008/08/29/sky-rockets-in-flight-google-maps-delight/> 
for its Google Maps and Google Earth products), will be focusing its 
lens on the Inauguration of President Obama next week. The company notes 
that while there will be plenty of cameras covering the event on the 
ground, and some in the air, GeoEye-1 will be the only one offering a 
perspective from space.

The satellite will be 423 miles above Washington, D.C. on January 20 at 
11:19AM EDT. While it will be moving 17,000 miles per hour, it will 
still be able to look down at the Earth and see objects about a half 
meter in size. The image above (which I actually had to shrink due to 
upload size limits) is one the satellite took a few weeks ago of the 
area. Last month, we posted a picture 
<http://venturebeat.com/2008/11/21/googles-campus-as-seen-from-the-google-satellite/> 
that the satellite took of Google’s campus.

It’s not Google who is requesting these images, and it’s not the 
government either. Instead, it’s a company initiative by GeoEye.

“An image of the Inauguration has been requested by many news 
organizations,” a GeoEye spokesperson tells us. “So, if the weather 
cooperates, the image will be distributed to news organizations and 
bloggers around the world. The image will be available about three hours 
after it’s taken.”

If you’d like some to see some footage a bit closer up on the action, 
you may want to check out one of the live streams 
<http://venturebeat.com/2009/01/16/download-obama-from-youtube/>.

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