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Google Rebrands Satellite Start-up Skybox as Terra Bella

Release date:2016-05-10     Author:     Visitors:107856

Google-owned satellite imaging company Skybox Imaging has changed its name to Terra Bella. The company, founded in 2009 to develop small, high-resolution imaging satellites, was acquired by Google in 2014 for USD500 million. Seven years ago, founders Dan Berkenstock, John Fenwick and Ching-Yu Hu started Skybox Imaging with the vision of a new era in space technology. Small satellites with big capabilities were no longer just a dream. The SkySat-1 satellite was launched on 21 November 2013 from Yasny, Russia aboard a Dnepr rocket. The second identical satellite SkySat-2 satellite was launched as a secondary payload on a Soyuz-2-1b Fregat-M on 8 July 2014. The SkySat satellites are based on the CubeSat concept with optimised design using inexpensive automotive grade electronics as well as fast, commercially available processors. The cameras use two-dimensional imaging sensors.