DigitalGlobe eyes $400 million market for high-res images
As a user of imagery from DigitalGlobe, I can completely get behind their desire to break into higher resolution imagery. A lot of people use imagery on a private basis. They might check out driving route information or look at their house through Google Earth. I use satellite imagery for analysis and technical reports. They are not all that special, but it does not change the fact that I still need them to answer questions. There are times were they are less than adequate. People might think that because they can see their car in their drive way that it is the case for the rest of the country, but that is not the case in rural areas. I hope that they can move forward and get their high resolution data.
Google Close To Snapping Up Satellite Startup Skybox Imaging For $1B+, Say Sources
Well another big purchase for the evil empire. Let us ignore my devotion to Google though. I would really benefit them, and of course me, if they had direct access to the imagery from Skybox.
In this image we see the motors in the middle. The accessory package to the left. And the electronic speed controllers to the right.
I had some trouble with mounting the motors because the mounts on the frame were not really designed for the motors that I purchased. It was not that big of a deal, but it did take some time thinking through how to get them on there. I think in the future I might remount them in the under-slung style. Right now they are on top of the arm, but under-slung they will be even with the arm. It should reduce vibration and strain on the arms. I am going to continue with the top mount so that I get perspective on how much vibration and strain it will cause. I am wondering too if the electronic speed controls can be set up in the wake of the propellers. They will get pretty hot during operation and maybe if I get them closer to the end of the arm there will be more air movement.