How to get your drone imagery approved onto Soar

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This article presents a best-practice guideline for any drone operator seeking to upload their aerial images to Soar.

Soar is on a mission …

We are building the future of all maps and imagery by integrating multiple resolution imagery feeds from satellite, aerial sensors, and crowd-sourced drone content.

By constructing the world’s most comprehensive aerial super-map, we’re able to provide global users with clearer, sharper and higher resolution images than other traditional mapping systems.

How do you fit in?

By uploading drone imagery Soar, you are playing a unique part in helping us populate the first ever super-map of the world. This imagery will be made available for all users, allowing them to view, share and purchase, for many different uses and applications.

What is this document?

At Soar, we continuously seek to maintain the best content, with the best quality.

We have created this document as a best practice guideline for drone operators to follow.

Throughout this document, you will find each image containing one of either two tags, as a visual guide for letting you know what would be accepted and rejected on the Soar platform.

Two types of drone image angles can be uploaded to Soar …

The question to ask yourself before you contribute …

Does my image bring value to Soar?

Soar assesses each image carefully and fairly using a series of criteria -

  1. Field of View (FOV) — how much of the world can see in your image?
  2. Colour / Contrast — poor image quality may require further enhancement
  3. Content — how much ground information is contained in your image?
  4. Location accuracy — is your image correctly placed on the map?
  5. Altitude — the higher the better, minimum altitude is ~ 20m
  6. Resolution — At least 12 Megapixel sensor or greater

Let’s check out some examples …

1. Field of view (FOV) — how much of the world you see in your image?

2. Colour / Contrast — how good is the quality of your image?

3. Content — how much information is contained in your image?

4. Location accuracy — is your image correctly placed on the map?

5. Altitude — the higher the better, minimum ~ 20m

6. Resolution — 1920 x 1080 pixels HD resolution (minimum)

Common reasons for image rejection on Soar

Ideal content — example 1

Title: Killer Rip

Description: Show the hidden danger of the rips we get along the coast of Perth, Western Australia

Tags: Western Australia, Perth, Floreat, rip, waves, beach, swell, blue, Indian Ocean

GPS Location: -31.926460, 115.754786

Soar URL:

Ideal content — example 2

Title: Golden Canola Fields

Description: Spring time for the golden canola fields in Walyormouring, east of Perth in Western Australia

Tags: Canola, Western Australia, farming, windmill, gold, crops, drone, dji, aerial

GPS Location: -31.251528, 116.923361

Soar URL:

Think you’re ready?


Note: Majority of images are approved within the first hour of upload, however, please allow up to 24 hours for your image to be approved.

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About Soar: Soar is a decentralised global Super-map built on blockchain technology. The Super-map will include access to all mapping systems including daily satellite imagery feeds, high resolution aerial sensors from planes and drone content collected by the greater drone community. All connected using blockchain technology to connect and share dynamic mapping data. Soar aims to be the decentralised blockchain platform for the future of all maps and imagery.