A new satellite, due to fly in 2014, will be able to spot objects just 31 centimetres in length all the way from space.
The WorldView-3 will feature eight spectral imaging devices, which can capture images visible to the human eye the size of a sock
Owned by DigitalGlobe, the satellite will be thrust 617 kilometres into the heavens on an Atlas V rocket, which boasts several different sensors.
Each of these can provide images to customers, including the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The satellite's owner also has substantial contracts with the US military, although it is not known whether it will be conducting any work on its behalf.
WorldView-3 also has the ability to help the resource sector, as its high-tech sensors can distinguish different types of soil.
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