Monday, August 7, 2006
Virtual Earth is set to near Google Maps
Well granted Orbview and Ikonos are not 60cm satellites like Quickbird but there are two of them now operated by GeoEye( merged company formed by Orbimage and Space Imaging) and from the sounds of it Microsoft has similar exclusive rights as Google has with Digital Globe to stream the archive of these two satellites.
There are signs of this data coming online via Virtual Earth.Meaning it will transparently flow into Worldwind. Microsoft does not even have the immediate need to make 3D spinny globe to show it off. Well then again they did make Flight Sim and now Photo Synth.
Enjoy the Imagery.