Kayaks seen from space

alexsidles

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Just goes to show, you never know who's watching out there!

Chain Bridge, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, VA:
Chain Bridge Chesapeake and Ohio Canal VA.JPG


Chuckanut Rocks, Chuckanut Bay, WA:
Chuckanut Rocks in Chuckanut Bay.JPG


Canoe Pass, Thetis and Kuper Islands, BC:
Cnaoe Pass Thetis and Kuper Islands BC.JPG


Copeland Islands, Discovery Islands BC:
Copeland Islands BC.JPG


Cypress Head, San Juan Islands, WA:
Cypress Head WA.JPG


Fisherman's Point, Quilcene, WA:
Fishermans Point.png


Foster Island, Seattle, WA:
Foster Island WA.JPG
 

alexsidles

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Hope Island, South Puget Sound, WA:
Hope Island WA.JPG


Freshwater Bay, Strait of Juan de Fuca, WA:
Kayaks in Freshwater Bay, WA.png


Lummi Island, San Juan Islands, WA:
Lummi Island Campground.JPG


Seagull Lake, Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN (probably canoes, not kayaks):
Seagull Lake MN.png


Seneca Creek Park, MD:
Seneca Creek Park MD.JPG


Smugglers Cove, Sunshine Coast, BC:
Smugglers Cove BC.JPG


Swinomish Channel, north Puget Sound, WA:
Swinomish Channel WA.JPG


Willis Island, Broken Group Islands, BC:
Willis Island BC.JPG


Yap-Kee-Um Beach, Lake Coeur D'Alene, ID:
Yap_Keehn-um Beach ID.JPG
 

eriktheviking

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Cool photos Alex.

Not to rain on the parade but I think civilian satellite photos are restricted to 30cm per pixel resolution. Just eyeballing the high res images, they look better than that. So some of the highest resolution shots are likely aerial photos. Google does not make it clear what the source of different images are in GE.
 

mick_allen

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I remember playing around with this in GE with the intention of making downloads of site layouts/possibilities for multiple sites of interest: used up too much space and time for it to be useful [for me]:

GraniteFalls.jpg
 

alexsidles

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30cm resolution (the maximum available from today's commercial imaging satellites) is pretty darn good. At 30cm, each hatch cover on the kayak and each blade of the paddle gets its own pixel, and the cockpit of the kayak gets several pixels. I think it's possible that all of these pictures of kayaks were shot from space.

As Erik says, Google does not publish the source or resolution of the imagery it uses in Google Earth. However, here are some sample shots confirmed to be 30cm. None of the sample shots picture kayaks, but I estimate that a kayak would show up as well or better in the sample shots than the kayaks do in the Google Earth images above:

https://spacenews.com/a-detailed-view-of-the-ground-with-30-centimeter-satellite-imagery/

Alex
 
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eriktheviking

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30cm resolution (the maximum available from today's commercial imaging satellites) is pretty darn good. At 30cm, each hatch cover on the kayak and each blade of the paddle gets its own pixel, and the cockpit of the kayak gets several pixels. I think it's possible that all of these pictures of kayaks were shot from space.
Yes very hard to tell. The top one in Virginia looks too good to me- the detail in the car windshields and tree branches etc. The highest resolution views always seem to be close to urban areas and cities- especially in the USA. Possibly Google pays for higher resolution data there. The shots from the Broken Group and Copeland Islands seem more typical of the best resolutions on the BC coast. I wish we had something like those resolutions on the remote bits in BC as a tool for trip planning.
 

nootka

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I was going to compare the new imagery with the old
but the old thread is fubar.
 
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