Bing Maps adds 121 terabytes of satellite and aerial imagery

Microsoft announced today that they've added a whopping 121 terabytes of new satellite and Global Ortho imagery to Bing Maps (and, in turn, the Windows 8 Maps app), adding to an already robust amount of images of the Earth. The new satellite imagery covers 15 million square kilometers of the globe, featuring new data in many places but predominantly South America, Africa, Asia and eastern Europe.

New satellite imagery locations featured on Bing Maps

Alongside the satellite imagery, the Bing team has also added an extra 800,000 square kilometers of Global Ortho imagery to western Europe, bringing the total global coverage to 10.7 million sq. km, including 100% of the United States. Global Ortho imagery is taken by a plane with a camera mounted underneath, as opposed to a satellite, so it delivers images of much higher clarity; Global Ortho images feature 30cm of ground area per pixel.

Locations of 30cm Global Ortho imagery; yellow indicates new images

Other developments from the Bing Maps team in terms of imagery include a refresh to the Windows desktop themes that use Bing aerial imagery, images before and after Hurricane Sandy hit the United States east coast, and a whole bunch of new images on the Bing Facebook page.

Source: Bing Maps Blog

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Still old imagery here in Western Australia, at least a year old as I can tell from the lack of changes to my home

harveyhanson said,
yet the map of where I live still shows a building site, even though our house was built in 2007!

Same. Bird's eye has it, aerial doesn't.

Nice! However, I'd like to point out one line from the article: "bringing the total global coverage ..., including 100% of the United States". Not quite 100%. Notice that little hole in Nevada? Care to guess what's there?

Andrew Lyle said,
Even with all that data, you probably still won't find what you're looking for.


OMG why are we still talking about iOS6 Maps here? Hope you don't get lost there...

Meanwhile, Apple proudly announced that their database now hold 121K of data. They have stated that firing their staff allowed them to achieve this magical amount of data, and are confident that the small number of people who had problems before will be delighted with the massive upgrades.