News broke this past week that Google will by Skybox, the Mountain View, California-based earth observation satellite company that offers high definition video, for $500 Million. In addition, the FAA approved a certificate of authorization for commercial flight for drones in Alaska and DigitalGlobe received approval from the Department of Commerce to deliver .25 meter spatial resolution imagery, a move necessary to compete against international providers of earth observation satellite data.
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Image: SkySat-1 from Skybox Imaging
Skybox Imaging HD Video of Burj Khalifa on April 9, 2014 (1080p) - Directions Magazine
Commerce decision boosts commercial satellite imagery
Hollywood to feds: Let us use drones - CNN.com
Press Release – FAA to Consider Exemptions for Commercial UAS Movie and TV Production
MAPPS to Host Webinar on UAS Section 333 Application Process - Directions Magazine
FAA approves first commercial drone over land
Google Owns a Satellite Now - Robinson Meyer - The Atlantic
Google Skybox, Titan Aerospace acquisitions: Why it needs satellites and drones.
FAA Approves First Commercial UAS Flights over Land - Directions Magazine
U.S. Department of Commerce Relaxes Resolution Restrictions DigitalGlobe Extends Lead in Image Quality - Directions Magazine
Google and Skybox Imaging Sign Acquisition Agreement - Directions Magazine
Skybox Announces Acquisition by Google - All Points Blog
Microsoft seems to be finally making waves in geo: Bing Maps Favelas; Azure Search; Power BI Visualization. Does all this point to a renewed focus on geospatial for consumer and enterprise?