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Is there a possibility to get real time images from satellite?

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Can I get real time images from satellite regardless of the cost like Google maps?
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by:chilternPC
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no.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Google Maps and Google Earth are not real-time images.  At the bottom of the images, it usually says when the images were taken and who Google got them from.  Google is not taking those images themselves.
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by:Darr247
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Well, if you disregard the cost, sure.
$50 million to build the satellite, then another $25 to $50 million to put it in orbit... $1 million/year for ground support after that.

Then you can aim it anywhere you want (as long as you don't crash it into another surveillance satellite)... you should have 5 to 10 years before its orbit decays enough to become unusable. The mapping satellites like you're talking about are all low earth orbit (LEO) as far as I know... those in geosynchronous orbit are mostly communications satellites.

Drones are cheaper for images.  A 'predator' class drone goes for about $4 million... + the cost of cameras and the remote setup in a shipping container (way less than $1 million/year).
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by:Ihab
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So , there is no way to get images from satellite via a company for a certain region and paying per image?
Please confirm
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The 'No' is about "real-time" images, that's what you would have to have your own satellite for.  

These people http://mapmart.com/Products/SatelliteImagery.aspx sell satellite images.  And this company: http://www.truearth.com/ .  You can probably also buy some of it from Google.
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by:Ihab
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Mr. Pro

How old is these images on These links ?is it more updated than Google maps?
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Terrametrics is one of the places where Google gets satellite images.  NASA is another.  http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/  The links I posted do not say how old the images are.  You would have to ask them about that.  The military is the only organization that tries to get "real-time" images.
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by:Ihab
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If it is old then we can get it from Google free,
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by:Darr247
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If you don't need to get up 6 miles like a Predator can do, there are lots cheaper options for drones.

e.g. For well-under a thousand you could probably rig up a Traxxas Alias with a GoPro Hero3 Black edition and either tell it to take a shot every 10 seconds, or use the GoPro's remote control to take only as many shots as you want... though with a 64GB card, a shot every 10 seconds would take over 3 hours to fill it up, which is probably longer than the Alias's battery would last hauling the GoPro along.
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Thanks Mr. Dar
I hope I can grant you points in the future for your nice comment
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