US: Skybox Imaging has launched its SkySat-2 Earth observation satellite aboard a Soyuz-2 rocket from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The company was recently in news when Google announced its plan to acquire Skybox for $500 million.
The SkySat-2 launch is a follow up to SkySat-1, which launched last year and captured some of the world’s first HD video of Earth taken from space. Skybox plans to launch 22 more satellites that will be used to collect additional high-resolution images of earth and its landmarks. As it stands, the company’s deal with Google is still pending regulatory approval.
Source: Skybox Imaging