Google has signed a deal for GeoEye to supply images of Earth that Google calls "the highest ground-resolution color imagery available in the commercial marketplace," reports CNET. The cost of the deal was not disclosed.
Google's logo will be on the rocket set to launch the 4,300-pound satellite this week from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Each day, the $502 million satellite will photograph an area roughly the size of New Mexico, the story says. The images will be used in Google Maps and Google Earth.
Reuters reports Google already uses images from another GeoEye satellite, IKONOS, as well as from GeoEye's main rival, Digital Globe. It will continue to use other vendors, while images from the new satellite, GeoEye-1, will go exclusively to Google.