See, discover, imagine
new patterns in the world

As a Google company, we’re pioneering the search for patterns of change in the physical world to help address global economic, environmental, and humanitarian challenges.

Rethinking geospatial data
in a bigger way

We’re harnessing some of the world’s most advanced deep learning and computing resources, combined with a vast array of geospatial and web information streams, to uncover signals that drive the global economy.

Imagery and beyond

We’ve built the world’s most advanced small imaging satellite platform to capture timely information of locations that matter. But, imagery is only the beginning...

The world is telling a story

We work alongside experts that have created geospatial data to serve billions of users and have the expertise to access data streams that complete the puzzle. It’s a beautiful world and it’s telling us a story. Are you listening?

Our Mission


In action

Our satellites offer a unique look at how our world is evolving,
and how we can make positive changes in it. See our technology in action.

Anticipating supply chain changes.

Port of Long Beach, US

High-resolution satellite imagery can be used to monitor the flow of goods and commodities to measure global economic indicators. Our imagery can help economists, supply chain managers, hedge fund traders, and logistics operators identify operational inefficiencies and anticipate supply chain bottlenecks from above.

Here’s an example of our imagery in action, depicting supply chain changes in the Port of Long Beach, the second-busiest container port in the United States. The time lapse imagery shows dynamic fluctuations in features including shipping containers, cars and ships.


Aiding in emergency and disaster relief.

Mount Ontake, Japan

Up to date satellite imagery can provide critical information to emergency responders who need to assess damage and provide assistance in humanitarian and natural disasters.

Here, we’re able to capture a HD video from space of the sudden eruption from Mount Ontake. This information can give first responders a visual of the area from above, which they can then use to help plan search and rescue operations.


Tracking mining development.

Oyu Tolgoi, Mongolia

Temporal, high-resolution satellite imagery can reveal patterns in rapidly changing infrastructure, identifying areas of risk and opportunity. This data can be used in a variety of ways, from construction companies who need to easily and systematically track development of projects of remote areas to financial analysts gathering research for investment due diligence.

Pictured is a satellite’s eye view of construction progress of the Oyu Tolgoi gold and copper ore mine in the South Gobi Desert of Mongolia. With our imagery and analytics, people are able to watch the progress of Mongolia’s largest financial undertaking in its history from across the globe. At completion, the mine is expected to account for more than 30% of Mongolia’s GDP.

About us

From building satellites to writing code, we’re changing the way the world looks at
big problems. Explore our facilities and meet the team behind Terra Bella.

  • Small size, big performance
  • <100 kg: 60cm x 60cm x 80cm
  • Precision attitude control (star trackers, reaction wheels, gyros, gps)
  • Proprietary Imaging Chain
  • Custom-designed, cutting-edge Silicon Carbide telescope
  • High-frame rate CMOS image sensors
  • <90 cm imagery resolution (Pan, RGB, NIR)
  • 1.1 meter video resolution at 30 frames per second
    from 600 kilometers
  • High-Speed Radios
  • >480 Mbit/s X-band
  • downlink rate
  • S-band uplink

Our history

2009 2009 The Sky is Not The Limit
2010 2010 Rethinking Aerospace
2011 2011 Designing for Scale
2012 2012 Agile Ground and Space Dev
2013 2013 Go for Launch
2014 2014 Onwards and Upwards
2015 2015 Preparing for scale

Founders (Dan Berkenstock, Julian Mann, John Fenwick, and Ching-Yu Hu) wrote the first business plan as part of a Stanford graduate entrepreneurship course.

Spent 6 months working out of John’s living room.

Secured Series A financing of $3M from Khosla Ventures.

Moved into a windowless 3,000 sqft office in Palo Alto.

Began to attract, court, and hire the smartest people they knew to join the vision.

Began designing the data platform and high-resolution imaging satellites.

Began expanding our network of customers, partners, and suppliers.

Moved to Mountain View and began building out our testing and manufacturing facility.

Completed Series B financing of $18M from Khosla Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners.

Designed scalable data infrastructure.

Completed satellite Critical Design Review for SkySat-1 and SkySat-2.

Began building out mission control team.

Completed Series C financing of $70M from Canaan Partners, Norwest Ventures, Bessemer Ventures, and Khosla Ventures.

Completed proprietary image processing toolbox and tasking and scheduling algorithms.

Completed design and fabrication of SkySat-1; began SkySat-2.

Partnered with ECAPS on propulsion module for SkySat-3 and beyond.

Completed design, manufacture, and test of first two spacecraft SkySat-1 and SkySat-2 and Terra Bella HQ.

Completed mission operations and production infrastructure to fly our constellation via Chrome.

Acquired by Google.

Successfully launched SkySat-2 aboard a Soyuz-2/Fregat rocket.

Bought an Orbital Sciences Minotaur-C rocket to launch 6 additional SkySats out of Vandenberg Airforce Base in 2016.

Bought an Arianespace rocket to launch 4 additional SkySats out of French Guiana in 2016.

Began integrating Terra Bella infrastructure into Google from data processing, archiving, scheduling and optimization, to machine learning technologies.


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