Saturday, 11 February 2017

terra bella or daily planet

One internet giant known for among other things its pioneering map and route-planning services and satellite telemetry will graciously divest itself of that arm of operations later on this spring.
This company is not doing so, however, without an exit strategy that’s going to propel the start-up venture assuming this role towards a surveying milestone that’s also to be realised within the year: a daily refresh of the entire globe, capturing fifty-trillion-pixel resolution composite image of the Earth’s whole surface updated from one day to the next by a constellation of shoebox-sized satellites. What does it mean to take a global snap-shot casually—something that’s not a unique and profound achievement? We’ve hovered close to that goal of scanning every inch for some time but have been within reach until now and I wonder what new insights this comprehensive picture might bring.