Most of the high res stuff you see on Google is shot from planes anyway, and there is no limit on resolution from those. This will allow a larger portion of the earth to be mapped in what we would think of as medium resolution, but in the end won't make that much of a difference. Basically, the upseide is that we may get better resolution of the places they can't fly over, but there aren't that many of those. There was an article in the Discover magazine earlier this year about Google or Geo-Eye imaging the Trident sub base at Bangor and getting pictures of a SSBN propeller (which is highly classified). Appearently no one thought to cover it up, and so now everyone knows what they look like. Welcome to the new world, it's going to be a lot harder to keep secrets now and I think this is a good thing.