Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Dublin: 10°C Wednesday 10 August 2022
Advertisement

Google buys satellite company Skybox Imaging for $500 million

The acquisition will see Skybox’s satellites being used to keep Google Maps up to date as well as help it improve internet access and disaster relief.

Image: NASA

GOOGLE HAS JUST bought the satellite company Skybox Imaging for $500 million in cash, subject to adjustments.

In a statement announcing the purchase, Google said that Skybox’s satellites will “help keep Google Maps accurate with up-to-date imagery.

It also hopes that the team behind Skybox and the technology it users will be able to help improve internet access – tying in with Google’s Project Loon which aims to bring internet access to the most remote parts of the world – as well as disaster relief, an area that Google says it has been “long interested in .”

Skybox Imaging builds satellites and provides access to detailed imagery and high-definition video of landscapes.

In a statement on its site, the Skybox team said it was the right time to “join a company who can challenge us to think even bigger and bolder and who can support us in accelerating our ambitious vision.”

Skybox and Google share more than just a zip code. We both believe in making information (especially accurate geospatial information) accessible and useful. And to do this, we’re both willing to tackle problems head on — whether it’s building cars that drive themselves or designing our own satellites from scratch.

Skybox Imaging builds satellites and provides access to detailed imagery and high-definition video of landscapes. Here’s an example of some of its work.

Making a difference

A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article.

Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can make sure we can keep reliable, meaningful news open to everyone regardless of their ability to pay.


Source: Skybox Imaging/Vimeo

Read: This is the first Vine ever to be sent from Space >

Read: Google may mark pages affected by ECJ’s ‘right to be forgotten’ decision >

About the author:

Quinton O'Reilly

Read next:

COMMENTS (16)