When it comes to online mapping systems, we all know that Google is king of the hill. Aside from utilizing satellites, Google also uses driver-less cars and other vehicles just to perfect their mapping services. They are even reportedly going to use a backpack camera called the Google Trekker. But even with those tools, Microsoft is still focus on catching up with Google.
As part of their grand plan, Microsoft has launched a whooping 260 megapixel camera into space called the UltraCam just for the Bing mapping system. The said camera has the capability of capturing JPG or TIFF images with a resolution of 14,430 x 9,420 pixels at 418MB per frame.
The Ultra Cam is manufactured by Vexcel, a Microsoft owned company based in Austria that specialises in geospatial applications. The UltraCam is available in three aerial cameras, the UltraCamLp, the Eagle, and the new Falcon.