Google’s Skybox Satellites Shoot GIFs Of Burning Man Being Built [Update]

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Google uses Burning Man YET AGAIN to test and promote new commercial products. This time, high resolution space spying technology.

[Update 9/18/14 10:33am]

Burner Doug cleverly observed that this imagery reveals a link to the Sherpagate scandal. There is a glaring discrepancy between what BMOrg said in their printed guide, and what really happened around the dreaded 9-K Safari Section:

“Last night my friend dropped off my survival guide that I lent her pre-burn. Just happened to notice the BRC map. It came as a surprise that the areas for registered theme camps in the printed guide does not include the areas of K/L at 3, 4:30, 6, 7:30, and 9. The online map of the city shows the opposite, those last two blocks to be registered. Right where our favorite plug and play was located. Kicker is that the 3, 6 and 9 plazas on K were suppose to be public plazas, where “we hold most of the camping space around these plazas for unregistered camps to develop and maintain as an experiment in spontaneous urban planning and collaboration”. Yeah right. You can see how early they started in this above site of Google spy…”


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Latin translation: “all your base are belong to us”


Google bought Skybox Imaging for $500 million, and the micro-satellite company’s most recent mission was…to take photos of Burning Man. Skybox repeatedly flew its satellites over Burning Man to create GIFs of how the 70,000 person make-shift hippie city was assembled and then deconstructed over three weeks. For example, above you’ll see the whole city rise and fall, and below you can see the massive “Man” effigy being errected through August, and then the ashy debris on September 1st after it was burnt.

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Jokes aside, the GIFs actually prove Skybox’s big advantage over other satellite companies. Since its micro-satellites are much smaller and therefore cheaper, so it can more of them up in space than companies building big, expensive, traditional satellites that power the infrequent updates to products like Google Maps. One of those might have missed the ephemeral Burning Man event entirely.

But since Skybox had both its SkySat-1…

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