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(Business Insider)   First pictures from Digital Globe's super high-rez commercial satellite are, well, astonishingly high-rez. They have even better ones, but the US military won't let the company release them (pics, of course)   (businessinsider.com) divider line 26
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2014-08-31 12:04:22 PM  
It's not the military that stops them but something far more powerful: the Department of Commerce
 
2014-08-31 12:58:55 PM  

edmo: It's not the military that stops them but something far more powerful: the Department of Commerce


How's that? The military is still Digital Globe's biggest customer. As of a few years ago, they were buying every single scene from Iraq and Afghanistan for every so for satellite pass made by Ikonos and Quickbird, and those areas were not available to civilian customers.

Also - does anyone know if the Israel law for satellite image resolution is still in effect? Used to be federal law that all commercial imagery sold to the public of Israel had to be down sampled to 2-meter resolution or worse. Not sure if this is still the case...
 
2014-08-31 02:22:16 PM  
We've had better resolution from google maps for quite some time. Or are the example images in the article utterly useless for demonstrating the actual resolution?
 
2014-08-31 02:36:49 PM  

nytmare: We've had better resolution from google maps for quite some time. Or are the example images in the article utterly useless for demonstrating the actual resolution?


Those came from aircraft.  This is from a satellite.
 
2014-08-31 02:51:14 PM  

nytmare: We've had better resolution from google maps for quite some time. Or are the example images in the article utterly useless for demonstrating the actual resolution?


The resolution is going down to 31 cm.  Those pics are useless in demonstrating it.
 
2014-08-31 02:55:07 PM  
I guess I'll have to stop giving the finger to US military satellites.
 
2014-08-31 02:59:38 PM  

Elegy: edmo: It's not the military that stops them but something far more powerful: the Department of Commerce

How's that? The military is still Digital Globe's biggest customer. As of a few years ago, they were buying every single scene from Iraq and Afghanistan for every so for satellite pass made by Ikonos and Quickbird, and those areas were not available to civilian customers.

Also - does anyone know if the Israel law for satellite image resolution is still in effect? Used to be federal law that all commercial imagery sold to the public of Israel had to be down sampled to 2-meter resolution or worse. Not sure if this is still the case...


I believe the 2 meter resolution law is still in place for anything goes released to the public to remove people from the images.

Though I do believe there's a lot more post processing that is done now so the law might be moot.

/My uncle was the project manager for quickbird.
 
2014-08-31 03:08:02 PM  
Way back in the 70s I had the security access that let me see the Keyhole satellite pictures (at that time the very fact that we could take pictures from satellites was classified). When I think about what the resolution was 40 years ago, I can't even begin to imagine what the government can see today, but I wouldn't be surprised to get an email form the National Reconnaissance Office telling me I better get that mole on my ass looked at.
 
2014-08-31 03:26:10 PM  
I have a priority package from the NATSAT printing room!
 
2014-08-31 03:27:15 PM  

revrendjim: Way back in the 70s I had the security access that let me see the Keyhole satellite pictures (at that time the very fact that we could take pictures from satellites was classified). When I think about what the resolution was 40 years ago, I can't even begin to imagine what the government can see today, but I wouldn't be surprised to get an email form the National Reconnaissance Office telling me I better get that mole on my ass looked at.


Satellite photography classified? Ice Station Zebra came out in the sixties and the whole plot was based around satellite images taken by a US spy satellite.
 
2014-08-31 03:37:42 PM  
i1182.photobucket.com
 
2014-08-31 03:46:52 PM  
Bigfoot still looks blurry
 
2014-08-31 03:52:59 PM  

Flint Ironstag: revrendjim: Way back in the 70s I had the security access that let me see the Keyhole satellite pictures (at that time the very fact that we could take pictures from satellites was classified). When I think about what the resolution was 40 years ago, I can't even begin to imagine what the government can see today, but I wouldn't be surprised to get an email form the National Reconnaissance Office telling me I better get that mole on my ass looked at.

Satellite photography classified? Ice Station Zebra came out in the sixties and the whole plot was based around satellite images taken by a US spy satellite.


I don't know if it is the case here but it not rare for things to be classified even though everyone knows about them. Weren't Area 51(the base, not the "UFO research center") and the NSA classified for a long time after everyone knew they existed?
 
2014-08-31 04:02:41 PM  

Flint Ironstag: revrendjim: Way back in the 70s I had the security access that let me see the Keyhole satellite pictures (at that time the very fact that we could take pictures from satellites was classified). When I think about what the resolution was 40 years ago, I can't even begin to imagine what the government can see today, but I wouldn't be surprised to get an email form the National Reconnaissance Office telling me I better get that mole on my ass looked at.

Satellite photography classified? Ice Station Zebra came out in the sixties and the whole plot was based around satellite images taken by a US spy satellite.


It was one of those things that was common knowledge but we officially could neither confirm nor deny that we were doing it.
 
2014-08-31 04:15:49 PM  

revrendjim: Way back in the 70s I had the security access that let me see the Keyhole satellite pictures (at that time the very fact that we could take pictures from satellites was classified). When I think about what the resolution was 40 years ago, I can't even begin to imagine what the government can see today, but I wouldn't be surprised to get an email form the National Reconnaissance Office telling me I better get that mole on my ass looked at.


It's public knowledge that Keyholes' resolution improved from 7.5m to 1.8m from 1959 through 1966, and to about 3 ft in the late 60's. Through the 70's, resolution improved to less than 2', but did not go below 1' until the 80's.

Your moles were safe from Keyhole... ;^)
 
2014-08-31 04:51:41 PM  

revrendjim: Way back in the 70s I had the security access that let me see the Keyhole satellite pictures (at that time the very fact that we could take pictures from satellites was classified). When I think about what the resolution was 40 years ago, I can't even begin to imagine what the government can see today, but I wouldn't be surprised to get an email form the National Reconnaissance Office telling me I better get that mole on my ass looked at.


70s?  N00b.  :)  I found these in the garage when I cleaned it out.

farm3.staticflickr.com
 
2014-08-31 05:45:01 PM  

revrendjim: Way back in the 70s I had the security access that let me see the Keyhole satellite pictures (at that time the very fact that we could take pictures from satellites was classified). When I think about what the resolution was 40 years ago, I can't even begin to imagine what the government can see today, but I wouldn't be surprised to get an email form the National Reconnaissance Office the customer telling me I better get that mole on my ass looked at.



Edited to comply with the NDA you might have signed.  LOL
 
2014-08-31 06:02:18 PM  
I feel sorry for any satellite tech who sees my hairy white ass when I'm swimming in the pool au naturel.
 
2014-08-31 06:16:25 PM  
That's a nice wave pool, but I am sad about the lack of cabanas.
 
2014-08-31 11:20:31 PM  
Public satellite images were limited to ten meters in the 70s and 80s. Then the Soviet Union collapsed and the gov't didn't care that you could find out they had been lying about the readiness level of the Soviet army.
 
2014-08-31 11:41:33 PM  
They see what you did there.
 
2014-08-31 11:56:22 PM  
So.... Big Pervy Brother? And now I have that 80s song stuck in my head, "Somebody's Watching Me".

/You're welcome.
 
2014-09-01 12:28:47 AM  
Yeah, and Vlad's got me zeroed via GPS  (airburst at 100 meters, OK, comrade? - nervous system won't have time to register the translation to gas).

I appreciate that they can ID me by looking up my puckered asshole, but what of it?

Prefer to have this channel available in the lineup so, as I drift off to sleep, I can  imagine it is something other than what it is:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iss-hdev-payload
 
2014-09-01 12:38:44 AM  
 
2014-09-01 11:35:46 AM  

Crazy Lee: Also:   http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/HDEV/


One of the crazy things I've noticed, especially on sites like that, is that even in LEO you can't see much of the earth at one time. At this very moment, basically all they can see(if it wasn't night) is the ocean between Australia and Antartica.
 
2014-09-01 08:31:33 PM  
Nice pics of the Madrid Airport, too bad they didn't have pictures of the shops, it's pretty awesome in there.
 
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