Jun 10 AT 2:56 PM Dima Aryeh 3 Comments

Google buys satellite company Skybox Imaging


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!

Via: Engadget
Source: Skybox Imaging, Google

Dima Aryeh is obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • Bobbi Hernandez

    Have been waiting for this to happen. Can NOT wait to see what Google is going to be doing next. I mean come It IS GOOGLE we all know it’s going to be an expansion of available services like we’ve never seen before. (Google sign me up as a beta tester for every thing)

  • Tarman

    Doesn’t this same company provide high resolution imagery for Microsoft as well?

  • Eli Gaffke

    I bet they will use it to redirect the Google street view car around groups of larpers that are trying to get in on the shot.