Change in quality of aerials c. 2002?
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Jesse P. on Feb 6 2013 12:38AM #1
My experience is mainly from Northern California, though I sometimes check elsewhere, and its more or less the same.

From as late as 1998, the aerials are blurry and black & white, but just a few years later by 02 or 03, they're in color and pretty clear quality. This was still a few years before the modern "social internet" and Google Earth, so was there a rapid improvement in satellite technology in the early 00s that greatly increased the quality almost overnight?

I imagine many of the older b&w ones were taken from airplanes, but the basic internet was already around in the second half of the 90s.
Brett P. on Feb 7 2013 10:39PM #2
Jesse,

Technology beginning in the 2000's has rapidly improved the quality and quantity of available aerial imagery

-Brett
Jesse P. on Feb 8 2013 12:22AM #3
Pretty impressive for 3 or 4 years! :) That was around the time the internet became completely widespread, so it makes some sense.

(Somewhat off-topic, but if anyone has seen the full length music video of Michael Jackson's Black Or White from 1991, at the very beginning, there's a far up aerial zoom into a neighborhood. I wonder what was used for that, it looks like today's Google Earth.)
Tim Z. on Feb 14 2013 6:27PM #4
"was there a rapid improvement in satellite technology in the early 00s that greatly increased the quality almost overnight?"

Suspect all? the earlier ones were taken from airplanes, and most of the later ones.
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