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No, Google Earth is not real-time...any "action" they catch is purely random. If you want to find a friendly FBI or CIA agent, they might be able to park a satellite over your event!!!

You will have to get a plane.

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Well - except for geostationary satellites that's impossible - even they do it in the movies - called Cartoon Physics.

The TV Satellites such as used by Dish and Direct are geostationary but over the equator.

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Well - except for geostationary satellites that's impossible - even they do it in the movies - called Cartoon Physics.

The TV Satellites such as used by Dish and Direct are geostationary but over the equator.

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Most spy satellites, as used by the CIA, NSA, and other TLA groups, are not geostationary - they're Low Earth Orbit like the GPS constellation. That's how they can get high-resolution images of pretty much anywhere on Earth. So, just get onto Facebook and start bragging about the homemade ICBM with a nuclear warhead that you've got hidden on your property and you might just have a satellite over your head in the near future...


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Google Earth is not real time, nor does Google fly satellites to take the pictures.

For high resolution (probably what you want) Google Earth uses whatever aerial photography they can buy or license, or find in the public domain. Where they can't get aerial photos they use satellite imagery (lower resolution) available public domain from non-military U.S. sources, or what they can purchase from foreign and or commercial LandSat operators (like the SPOT Image corporation).


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If you use a balloon, make sure you tether it.

Here is some video from a free balloon.


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Do the balloons / Kite and a GoPro cam.


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I used to work for a company called Itek, they made the cameras and lenses for the early spy satellites in the 70's . One perk for being an employee was you could request a framed sat view picture of you're home from one of their satellites.

The amazing thing was the clarity of the picture, it was much clearer than any Google Earth photo but the real amazing part was the picture was dumb downed due to government restrictions by as much as 40%. So heaven knows what these newer satellites can see 30 years later

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