The newest satellite circling Earth can spot everything from tomato plants to parking spaces

WorldView-3

Summary: Earth will appear to us clearer than ever before after DigitalGlobe’s latest commercial satellite made its way to space today.

The most powerful commercial satellite ever made left Lompoc, Calif., today aboard a rocket and is now spending its first evening circling the Earth.

The 6,200-pound, 18.7-feet-tall WorldView-3 satellite improves the level of detail DigitalGlobe can provide from 15.75 inches to 11.8 inches. That’s enough to suddenly be able to count the number of parking spaces at a shopping mall or identify the location of every manhole and shrub in a city. […]