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'Space Detective' Is Now A Thing Thanks To Satellite Imagery Evidence

09/10/2014 11:11 BST | Updated 09/10/2014 11:59 BST

The world's first space detective agency has been created to help provide authentic satellite imagery during court battles.

New Scientist reports that the company was started by satellite image specialist Professor Raymond Harris and space law expert Raymond Purdy the company will provide authentic and legally sound satellite imagery that can stand up in a court of law.

According to the pair there are inherent problems with using satellite and digital imagery in a court because both can be faked or edited.

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One of the biggest problems is that while it may seem easy enough to take an image from Google Maps, you then have to prove that the image was taken on the right day, or that the satellite was over that particular part of the world at the right time.

To counter this their company -- Air & Space Evidence Ltd of London -- will offer their imaging services to both authenticate images and help provide images that can be proven without doubt, to be real.

The service will cost around the same as having a property surveyed and the founders are hoping that their company can help settle property disputes or even assist in murder trials.