Le gouvernement US autorise l’utilisation par l’industrie d’images #satellites à une résolution supérieure à 50 cm...
U.S. Government Eases Restrictions on DigitalGlobe
Previously, Longmont, Colorado-based #DigitalGlobe was not permitted to sell its sharpest satellite images to non-U.S. customers. Some of the company’s existing satellites can collect images at resolutions sharper than 50 centimeters, but prior to the ruling, it could only sell that information to the U.S. government.
DigitalGlobe’s planned WorldView-3 satellite, which will feature a ground sampling distance of 31 centimeters, is slated for launch Aug. 13 or 14 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, the company said. For that satellite, “updated approvals” will permit DigitalGlobe to sell black-and-white images with 25-centimeter resolution, along with color images at 1-meter resolution, to all customers six months after it is declared operational.
... Ceci, le lendemain de l’annonce de l’achat de Skybox par Google. Mais les relations avec DigitalGlobe semblent bonnes.
Google recently signed a 10-year imagery supply contract with DigitalGlobe valued at an estimated $10 million to $20 million per year, Quilty noted. While Skybox’s planned constellation of 24 satellites will offer high revisit rates – Skybox currently has one satellite on orbit – DigitalGlobe has advantages in terms [of] better imagery resolution, accuracy and diversity of spectral bands, he said.
Moreover, Quilty said, a Google-owned Skybox is not likely to threaten DigitalGlobe’s core U.S. government business.
Ruling on sharper satellite images poses a privacy problem we can no longer ignore
Digital Globe says that new satellites will be able to show “manholes and mailboxes". They are also getting closer to seeing us.
If satellite imagery continues to improve, enabling the identification of individuals, then the issue of privacy will grow in significance.