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Above: aerial photograph from an InView unmanned aircraft
Powerful support for the use of high resolution aerial photography.
Five specially developed shutterless cameras are mounted over a hole in the floor, and they each take an 11 mega pixel photograph to help build up a three dimensional image of what's below. Last year alone the cameras took over five million images .
This week, Jon took to the skies to find out more about one of Microsoft's latest endeavours. Planes like the one he flew in are currently flying over Europe's cities taking photographs from the skies.
The result of all this work is that if you enter a location into Microsoft Live Search Maps you should be able to look at it from at least five different angles in very high detail, and it looks amazing!
The images are stored on 400Gb hard drive which is enough space for all the pictures generated on a four hour flight. The hard drive is then couriered to Microsoft Headquarters in America where they are uploaded onto the Internet . By 2008 they aim to have photographed 900 European cities, that's everywhere with a population greater than 50000. Try it with your own city!It's an exercise in precision flying with a detailed flight plan. The pilots fly in straight lines over the city, a quarter of a mile apart - they must keep within 24 metres of the pre-plotted course, and they have to fly slower than 108 knots or the pictures become too blurred to use. The images are so detailed that every pixel represents just 15cm at ground level.