In a first, ISRO to launch Google’s skybox satellite for GPS maps

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New Delhi: ISRO is all set to launch Google’s Sky Box Imaging satellite for GPS maps this year.

The satellite will be launched from its spaceport at Sriharikota.

According to a report published in The Asian Age, this will be the first time when ISRO will launch a US satellite. After acquisition of the satellite imaging company Sky Box Imaging, Google wants to develop precision maps using its own network of 180-odd satellites.

It will be launched as a co-passenger along with the main payload during one of the satellite launching this year. Google is reportedly keen on using high resolution pictures from Skybox Imaging satellites for earth imaging.

Google is exploring the possibility of using Skybox satellites to provide accurate, latest, real time images on Google maps with the help of Skybox, which it bought last year.

In December 2014, ISRO had launched Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (MK III) for a test flight. It was claimed to be ISRO’s biggest space rocket designed to carry heavier communication satellite and a capsule which could take astronauts into space.

Further, Google plans to take help from Skybox’s team and technology to help improve Internet access and disaster relief.Sky Box had entered into an agreement with Antrix Corporation before its takeover to launch the 120-kg satellite.

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