Google begins its satellite push, buying Skybox for $500M

Google y satelites: Google Earth o Internet a escala global?

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Reports about Google investing big in satellite technology(s goog) and specifically buying satellite photography outfit Skybox are true. The companies revealed on Tuesday that Google has entered into agreement to buy Skybox Imaging for $500 million in cash.

As its name implies, Skybox is trying to build a constellation of microsatellites that will take high-resolution images of the earth’s surface and then mine data from the photos and videos it captures. According to Skybox’s blog:

“We’ve built and launched the world’s smallest high­-resolution imaging satellite, which collects beautiful and useful images and video every day. We have built an incredible team and empowered them to push the state­-of­-the-­art in imaging to new heights. The time is right to join a company who can challenge us to think even bigger and bolder, and who can support us in accelerating our ambitious vision.”

Google confirmed it plans to use Skybox’s images…

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