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Google Orthoimagery Program

Google has recently announced their Orthoimagery program. For a fee of $8 per sq/km you can have access to Google’s high-quality imagery, which is 6-inch ortho with 15cm resolution and ~1 meter accuracy. The imagery is offered in three spectral bands (red, green, blue–RGB) along with near infrared (NRG) for an additional fee.

  • Only U.S. imagery is available at this time
  • $8 per square kilometer is the academic price
  • Minimum $20,000 per order
  • Images are timestamped, georeferenced, and delivered in geoTiff (or several other) formats, accessible through the purchaser’s Google Maps Engine account