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ChrisBrantley15 Jan 2021 10:26 a.m. PST

Canon has placed a Canon 5D Mark III device with 40cm telescope on a CE-SAT-1 satellite in orbit around the earth that can be used by customers to take pictures from space. Supposedly it provides "a 36-inch ground resolution within a 3x2 mile frame." Wonder if that is good enough for use in printing game mats? If so, you can imagine the possibilities.

See: link

ChrisBrantley15 Jan 2021 10:29 a.m. PST

Here's the Canon link: link

Should have mentioned you can only take pictures of what the satellite is currently seeing.

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP15 Jan 2021 11:52 a.m. PST

Excellent! I need a picture of Rabaul and Simpson Harbor.

This will probably be shut down shortly by multiple governments for privacy and security violations, so enjoy it while it lasts.

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP15 Jan 2021 11:55 a.m. PST

Ah, phooey, I probably can't get shots of anything I care about. The areas you can select on the interactive map are all pre-approved.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP15 Jan 2021 4:17 p.m. PST

Big surprise there, Yellow Admiral. Governments tend to be a little sensitive about such things--and they cooperate with one another on the issue. That said, period maps are often available digitally, and print shops can run them off to a specified size, which means you can determine the scale. A thumb drive, a piece of 3/8" plywood, a little glue and some mod podge, that there's your game map.

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP15 Jan 2021 6:02 p.m. PST

I once distributed Google satellite photos of the battlefield for a Viking era game I was running. Of course, that was more a tactical level map than a game mat scale thing.


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