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Skybox Imaging is a private company providing commercial high-resolution satellite imagery, high-definition video and analytics services. The Mountain View, California-based company was founded in 2009 by Dan Berkenstock, Julian Mann, John Fenwick, and Ching-Yu Hu.Skybox was named no. 1 on Inc. magazine's 25 Most Audacious Companies in 2014.

The resolution of the company's images and videos is high enough to observe objects that impact the global economy like terrain, cars and shipping containers. Skybox says its satellites can capture video clips lasting up to 90 seconds at 30 frames per second. The high-definition satellite video from Skybox satellites "could help us understand our world better by analyzing movement of goods and people, providing visual data about supply chains, shipping, industrial plant activity, and even humanitarian relief efforts." (Scientific American

The company's goal is to be able to provide high-resolution satellite imagery of any place on Earth multiple times a day.Skybox has plans to "change the nature" of the satellite industry by building satellites with "off-the-shelf" electronics that cost under $50 million.

Skybox has raised a total of $91 million from Khosla Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Canaan Partners and Norwest Venture Partners.

On November 21, 2013, Skybox's first satellite, SkySat-1, launched on the Dnepr rocket from Yasny, Russia.The company plans to launch two satellites in 2014,eventually launching a fleet of 24 satellites.

Skybox released the first images captured by its SkySat-1 satellite on December 11, 2013, of Perth, Abu Dhabi, and the coast of Somalia.On December 27, 2013, the company revealed the world's first high resolution HD video of Earth from space.

On June 10, 2014, Skybox announced that it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Google for US$500 million.

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