How does Google use data from NASA instruments to create its products?
How Google uses data from NASA instruments like MODIS, VIIRS and Landsat to create its products. Google has at least one guy that I know who is actively working with Landsat data and I know that data from other instruments built by Raytheon gets used, too. Raytheon is not really involved in that process, because the government collects the data and gives it away for free, but I can certainly talk about the data, how it is collected and how it gets used at Google, based on publicly disclosed information.
This is Dr. Jeffrey Puschell, chief scientist at Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems. He has done engineering work on instruments in EOS MODIS and Landsat-7, data from which is used in Google Maps and Google Earth. If you want to know more about Dr. Jeffrey Puschell, you can check out his (inter)stellar bio, or his LinkedIn.