Recent rumors have claimed that Google is planning to create new services with its own satellites. One potential use case would be to provide web access to those who are outside of the coverage of regular Internet companies. There are many other uses for having your own satellite, and Google knows this. So it’s no surprise that Google has announced that it will be purchasing Skybox Imaging for $500 million in cash.
Skybox Imaging is a company that specializes in satellites and gathering high-quality data of the surface of the Earth, something that is incredibly useful to Google Maps and Google Earth. This acquisition makes perfect sense. In addition, these satellites can be made to do many different things with Google’s help, like provide Internet access and disaster relief.
The deal hasn’t quite gone through yet because it still faces regulatory approval, but the conditions have been finalized and it’s set to happen. I can’t wait to see how this improves Google services like Maps. What do you think Google will be doing with these satellites? And don’t say spying, I know you’re going to say it. Tell us your thoughts in the comments!