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Google does *not* operate its own satellites, but the satellites that provide imagery to Google include GeoEye-1, QuickBird, WorldView-1, WorldView-2, and others.

GeoEye-1 orbits the Earth 15 times per day flying at an altitude of 681 kilometers or 423 miles. Likewise, QuickBird and WorldView-1 are basically at the same altitude of 450 and 496 km respectively. Note QuickBird-1's orbit decayed in Jan 2015 when it re-entered Earth's atmosphere. QuickBird II (or QuickBird-2) is still in operation.

WorldView-2 is at a higher altitude of 770 kilometers or 478 miles.

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