To keep bringing you new, high-quality imagery in Google Earth & Google Maps, we work directly with several commercial satellite imaging providers. Last week, our partner DigitalGlobe successfully launched their next generation satellite, WorldView-2, aboard a Boeing Delta II 7920 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The successful launch of WV2 is another important step forward in making more high resolution, accurate, current imagery available. You can read more about the launch on DigitalGlobe's site or see it for yourself here:

Congratulations to DigitalGlobe!

Posted by Dylan Lorimer, Geo Content Partnerships