GeoEye's Eye On .... Kutztown

GeoEye, the Dulles provider of satellite and aerial imagery, has been boasting that its latest eye in the sky is "the world's highest resolution and most accurate commercial imaging satellite."

Now it offers proof, with the first image it said it collected from GeoEye-1 since the bird was launched into space Sept. 6.

Behold Kutztown at half-meter ground resolution. Photo courtesy of the GeoEye-1

"Though the satellite collects imagery at 0.41-meter ground resolution, due to U.S. licensing restrictions, commercial customers will only get access to imagery that has been processed to half-meter ground resolution," the company said.

The photo was snapped at high noon on Oct. 7 as the satellite moved north to south 423 miles above the Earth at four-and-one-half miles per second.

Impressive, we thought, until we realized the first image was not of some tropical paradise, or even a Washington landmark, but of Kutztown University located midway between Reading and Allentown, Pa.

Why the choice?

"When we opened the camera door at noon on Oct. 7 and looked down on the Earth 423 miles below the school was underneath us," Mark E. Brender, GeoEye's vice president for communications and marketing told us by e-mail. "It is truly our first image."

By Dan Beyers  |  October 10, 2008; 3:00 PM ET
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The next image was the cood dorm.

Posted by: Hmmm | October 10, 2008 3:49 PM

That would be co-ed dorm. Caffine overdose affecting typing skillz..

Posted by: Hmmm | October 10, 2008 3:51 PM

I just joined Kantabiz, business directory the other day, and they had Google maps doing the loacation etc, which is adiquate enough, but this being half a meter, i can't imagine the clarity my location would give people. Wow.


Posted by: Ashwiny Gairashtra | October 10, 2008 4:32 PM

so yeah, u can definately see my friends car parked in the parking lot. also, why not Kutztown, at least we're in the news or something cool this time. go KU!

Posted by: ian marcheskie | October 10, 2008 5:29 PM

A half a meter per pixel? So a person would barey be visible, one pixel at most. But I have already seen people on google-earth. And they were quite a few pixels in size. You could clearly see that they were humans. I don't quite get it. Would somebody please explain.

Posted by: awb | October 11, 2008 3:29 AM

Google Earth uses aerial imagery (ex. from airplanes) as well as satellite imagery. What GeoEye offers is the best you can get from a commercial satellite, but you can get better resolution with images from aircraft. The problem with aircraft is that the amount of area they can image per day is extremely small compared to an imaging satellite, which is why they are usually only used to image cities.

Posted by: m | October 11, 2008 5:07 AM

I am really pleased to see K.U. as the first image. I taught at this university for 31 years and now live in Vermont. I got this e-mail by way of Gregg Miller. GO K.U.

Posted by: jan kulp | October 11, 2008 11:27 AM

wow very interesting

Posted by: Jaider Bertoli | October 11, 2008 1:21 PM

Posted by: comparison insurance life | October 11, 2008 1:22 PM

here's a weird fiction story (free!) about Kurtzville (aka: Kutztown!)... it's sort of a magical place....

gerald clough
kutztown alum '88

Posted by: gerald clough | October 12, 2008 12:35 AM

Yeah, so, maybe your friend with the car can help you remember that the root of the word "definitely" is "finite".

No "a"! - see, everyone on the internet? It's not spelled "definately" - anywhere!

It's from the word "finite", as in the value of a university education, or so it would seem.

Posted by: Infinite | October 12, 2008 7:09 PM

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