04 August 2011, Thursday, 18:11
author: Ludmila Ternovaya
The test flights of the airship within the frames of the “Yandex” photo-project will start in Ufa on August 4. The project will permit to place the photo panoramas, shot from the bird’s eye, on the e-map of Ufa.
In the course of the test flights it turned out that the equipment, consisting of the radio-controlled airship, panoramic cams and the control console demanded additional tuning. But the representative of “Yandex” Elina Stavinskaya has explained that in spite of the arising technical problems the photos will be done in any case and the shooting from a helicopter is pre-planned as a reserve variant.
Ufa is the first city of the new multimedia project, initiated by the biggest internet company of Russia. In accordance with the project all users of the “Yandex maps” service will be able to fly over all places of interest in the Bashkir capital in virtual space already by the end of the year.
Five cams, mounted on the airship, will fix only separate parts of the city – attractive from historical, architectural and geographic points of view. The airship’s coverage makes up about 6 kilometers.