DigitalGlobe's WorldView-3—set to double the resolution of Google Maps as the first public high-res imaging satellite in space—launched earlier this month. Now, here are the first images to be beamed back to Earth.

The satellite has been snapping images of Madrid, and now DigitalGlobe has released them for us to take a look at. They're impressive, and you can download the full images here. Bu they don't show the true potential of the satellite: as Digital Globe points out "because of the regulatory restrictions, we can't yet display the 30 cm native resolution data, so we're sharing imagery resampled to 40 cm." Which, wow. We can't wait until February, when those regulations are relaxed. [Digital Globe via Engadget via Peta Pixel]