Global Ortho (GO) Project Completes in the U.S., Acquires Aerial Map Imagery at 30cm Resolution - 10 Plus is the New 10 Blue Links for Bing

Back in 2010 Bing Maps team began its Global Ortho (GO) project to create "uniform, detailed map of the Continental United States and 17 countries in Western and Central Europe," -- is "completed" as on August 30.With the Global Ortho project, the amount of imagery that Bing Maps acquired and processed for the Global Ortho […]

Back in 2010 Bing Maps team began its Global Ortho (GO) project to create "uniform, detailed map of the Continental United States and 17 countries in Western and Central Europe," -- is "completed" as on August 30.

With the Global Ortho project, the amount of imagery that Bing Maps acquired and processed for the Global Ortho project is staggering. "Bing collected aerial map imagery by of every square inch of the Continental United States and Western Europe at 30cm resolution (1 foot = 1 pixel) in just two years," the Bing Maps team stated.

The result, "GO brings you is an amazing view into familiar places (like your own home) and remote corners of the United States."

The team notes, that they were not able to collect photos of two places: "Area 51 and the Vandenberg Air Force Base."

To get a sense of the size of the GO project, think about it in pixels. At 30cm per pixel if you lined up all the GO pixels end to end, they would reach: "Around the earth 994 times; To the moon 104 times; and To Venus, with an extra seven trillion pixels to spare," -Charlie Peterson explained.

To celebrate the US completion, Bing e team invited chalk artist Jennifer Mosquera to create a massive Bing logo on top of the parking garage just north of the Bing Maps Imagery Team's building in downtown Boulder, CO. The team is flying its last commemorative "Golden Spike" flight, the aircraft loaded with Microsoft's UltraCam Eagle camera will fly over the roof and capture this amazing photo.

The artists started early and worked through the day to create the 200 x 90 foot Bing logo. The following day, Global Ortho flying partner, Keystone Aerial Surveys used the most current commercially available Microsoft UltraCam, the UltraCam Eagle, to photograph the Bing Maps team on the roof.

Below is a shot of the team adopting the ever popular "snow angel" pose as the turboprop aircraft collects the final photo. "This photo was taken from a 30 foot tall scissor lift which I personally drove to the top of the six-floor parking garage," Peterson writes.

The team is currently processing the Golden Spike imagery at the Bing Maps Imagery data center in Longmont, Colorado -- that include "making a single RGB image out of the data from the many sensors on the UltraCam. Followed by the imagery undergoes the process of orthorectification which will turn the photo into a mapping-grade image," explained Perterson.

After a quality assurance review the imagery is merged with the rest of the Global Ortho imagery live on Bing Maps.

The Golden Spike photo in Boulder, CO will be the final imagery posted in the US portion of the Global Ortho project.

Bing Logo on top of parking garage, colorado collected by the turboprop aircraft celebrating completion of Global Ortho (GO) project in the U.S.

According to a WebmasterWorld thread, Bing is often showing well over ten results for a search query -- inshort "the numbers are not 1-10 results," then 11-20 results," instead it can be, 16-30, 31-45 and even more random.

A member on the fourm said he saw page 2 shows results 11-20 and then page 3 show 23-32 and page 4 show 35-44.

Bing sent a statement stating, (via)

"We're continually testing and experimenting on Bing in an effort to improve the user experience. We experimented with the number of answers for several months last year, and shipped the new format in June. In cases where there are answers (like a photo or video or news answer, we may provide a few more links to ensure there is right number of algo in addition to the answer blocks."