Microsoft’s Bing Imagery and UltraCam programs have together been making news again recently, thanks to Microsoft’s Global Ortho aerial mapping project. The GO project began a little more than 2 years ago with the aim of collecting aerial imagery of the entire continental United States and Western Europe at 30cm resolution for publication on Microsoft’s Bing Maps website. Readers of this blog may remember learning about the program here and through the really cool video that explains the program and the technology behind it.
After just two years, the US portion of the project is complete! On August 29th, we commemorated the completion of this phase of the program through a celebration at the Bing office in Boulder, Colorado. Participating in what we called the “Global Ortho Golden Spike” event, members of our Boulder team gathered on the building rooftop which had been Bing-branded by local chalk artists for the event. To see how this was done, check out this time-lapse video from our own Charlie Peterson. With all of us in place, UltraCam customer Keystone Aerial Surveys, Inc. flew over with one of their aircraft and captured images of the rooftop event with their latest UltraCam system, the UltraCam Eagle ultra-large format digial aerial camera. We will be sharing those photos very soon so keep an eye on the UltraCam Blog.
This unprecedented and historic accomplishment was covered by numerous media outlets including KUSA-TV (NBC) Denver 9News whose Greg Moss interviewed Charlie for this great segment:
In related news, Keystone Aerial Surveys recently announced the permanent addition of an UltraCamX to its Los Angeles, CA office. The Keystone LA, team along with their UltraCamX and Microsoft’s Wolfgang Walcher, were also recently featured in a “Behind the Scenes” look at the Bing Maps Global Ortho program by Rich DeMuro in his Tech Report for KTLA Los Angeles. Check it out:
-Jerry Skaw, Sales & Marketing, Microsoft UltraCam Team