Sputnik Web

General information

Sputnik Web is a service which opens up new opportunities in the field of online cartography:

1. Create and publish your maps

2. Unleash the full potential of your UAV with getting 3D models

3. Provide users access to your projects without extra software

Use a browser which supports WebGL to run Sputnik Web on your PC or a smartphone.

Sputnik Web can help you create different types of cartographic materials. Upload aerial photographs from your UAV, process them with Sputnik Web and get a 3D terrain model (DTM). Upload geodata (different formats available) for producing digital maps.

Sputnik Web has a different measuring instruments which you can use in order to take measurements on 3D map. Measure distances, areas and heights on the surface of the virtual globe and 3D models

We are constantly working on improving and expanding the tools and functions of Sputnik Web, so if you have any comments or suggestions we are always ready to listen and bring them to life.

Personal Data Processing Policy of Geoscan Ltd.

This personal data processing policy (hereinafter referred to as “the Policy”) is drafted in accordance with Federal Law No.152-FZ “On the Personal Data”, dated July 27, 2006 and applies to all personal data of the Users, which the administration of Geoscan Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “the Company”) may obtain during their use of any of the Company’s services, software, products or the website sputnik.geoscan.aero.


1.1. For the purposes of this Policy the following general definitions are used:

1.1.1. Personal data privacy – the mandatory requirement for the Company or for any other person who has an access to a personal data to protect personal data from distributing to third parties without the User’s consent unless otherwise is provided by the Law of the Russian Federation.

1.1.2. Company – Geoscan Ltd. (Saint-Petersburg, st. Shatelena 26A, 1-H, 194021)

1.1.3. Personal data processing – any action (operation) or a combination of actions (operations), conducted with or without means of automation with regard to personal data, including collection, recording, arranging, cumulating, storing, refinement (updating, changing), extracting, using, transferring (distribution, submission, access), depersonification, blocking, deletion, and destruction of personal data;

1.1.4. Personal data – any information directly or indirectly related to a specific or specifiable individual (subject of personal data);

1.1.5. User – an individual who accesses contents and services of the Website/ an individual who buys (intends to buy) software or products of the Company.

1.1.6. Website – site of the Company, sputnik.geoscan.aero

1.1.7. Cookies – a small piece of information sent by a web server to be stored on the User’s computer as a file which is sent each time to the web server in the HTTP-request when the User tries to open the relevant page of the site.


2.1. Usage of the Company’s Website by User means his acceptance of this Policy and the terms of User data processing.

2.2. If the User does not agree to the Website usage Policy he must close the Website.

2.3. The Company does not control and is not responsible for third-party websites, which have links available on the Company's Website.

2.4. The company does not verify the authenticity of the personal data provided by the User on the Website.


3.1. This Policy establishes the obligations of the Company not to disclosure User's personal data and protect the Privacy of personal data, which is provided by User when he fills in an application form for getting an information about Company's products or places purchase orders.

3.2. Personal data which is allowed to be proceed within the framework of this Policy is provided by the User by filling in the registration forms on the Website, which may include the following information:

3.2.1. username;

3.2.2. Phone number of a personal data User;

3.2.3. E-mail of a personal data User;

3.2.4. Name of represented company.

3.3. In most web browsers cookies are enabled by default. Typically, the users can delete cookies and prohibit their use for various sites on their choice. Based on information stored in the cookies Google Analytics and Yandex.Metrica, the partners of the Company, count the statistics of visits, analyze and personalize advertisements. Cookies are intended to improve the work of the Website, make its use much more efficient and convenient. Cookies are used for the following purposes:

3.3.1. to assess the effectiveness of advertising campaigns;

3.3.2. to be able to analyze the popularity and attendance of the Website;

3.3.3. to be able to quickly adjust the Website's capabilities to the needs of visitors.

Information about the User’s personal data processed by Google is available here: https://www.google.com/intl/ru/policies/privacy/partners/

Information about the User’s personal data processed by Yandex is available here: https://yandex.ru/legal/confidential/


4.1. User’s personal data can be used for following purposes:

4.1.1. Establishing a feedback with the User, including sending notifications, requests concerning the use of the Site, rendering services, getting and processing requests and applications from the User

4.1.2. User identification for the purpose of placing an order and (or) entering into a sales contract.

4.1.3. Providing the User access to personalized services of the Website.

4.1.4. Confirmation of the authenticity and completeness of the personal data provided by the User.

4.1.5. Sending the User of the Website a notification about the status of the order, placed in online-store.

4.1.6. Providing the User an effective client and technical support in case of problems related to the use of the Website.

4.1.7. Providing the User with his consent product updates, special offers, information on prices, newsletters and other information on behalf of the Company or on behalf of the Company's partners.

4.1.8. Advertising after getting the User's consent.

4.1.9. Providing the User access to the websites, services and online-stores of the partners in order to obtain products, updates and services.


5.1. User personal data processing is being carried out without the term limitation by any lawful method, including the information systems of personal data with both using automated processing and without using it.

5.2. The User agrees that the Company has the right to transfer personal data to third parties like courier services, postal organizations, telecommunications operators solely for the purpose of fulfilling the User's order that was placed on the Website and also for delivering the order.

5.3. User Personal data can be distributed to the third parties authorized by legislation of Russian Federation only by decision of the authorities of Russian Federation.

5.4. When processing personal data, the Company must make the required legal, organizational and technical arrangements in order to protect personal data from unauthorized, illegal or random access, destruction, change, blocking, copying, submission, distribution and other unlawful actions by third parties.

5.5. The Company and the User take all the necessary measures to prevent losses or other negative consequences caused by the loss or disclosure of the User personal data.


6.1. The User must:

6.1.1. Provide the information about the personal data necessary in order to use the Website.

6.1.2. Update, supplement the provided information about personal data in case of this information has changed.

6.2. The Company must:

6.2.1. To use the received data solely for the purposes mentioned in P. 4 of the Policy.

6.2.2. To guarantee that keeping data will remain confidential. Do not distribute the personal data without the User’s consent and do not sale, exchange, publish or disclose in other possible ways the User personal data.

6.2.3. To take precautions to protect the User personal data in accordance with the procedure which is usually used to protect such information in the existing business practice.

6.2.4. To block personal data that is referred to the particular User since the moment of the request sent by the User, by his legal representative or by organization empowered to defend the personal data User’s rights for the period of inspection; to block personal data if there some unauthentic information were revealed or illegal acts were made.

7. Constraints

7.1. Using the Service, user not have right to:

7.1.1. Change initial view of a map

7.1.2. Combine, supplement, modify, remove or hide logos that are displayed on the map. The logos should be fully and clearly visible, full or partial overlay of logos is prohibited

7.1.3. To change decompile and\or modify the Service code.

7.1.4. Use the Service to create sites\application that violate Russian Federation law or other applicable law, the rights and legitimate interests of third parties.

7.1.5. In case of non-observance or partial non-observance of current rules, the Administration reserves the right to remove, suspend service for the user of the violated rule without prior notification.


8.1 The Company reserves the right to amend this Policy without the consent of the User.

8.2. The new version of Privacy Policy comes into the force from the moment of its posting on the Website unless otherwise is provided by a new version of the Privacy Policy.

Approved on 31.05.17

License Agreement

1. The user must follow any policies made available to you within the Service

1.1. The user is not allowed to use the Service improperly. For example, don’t interfere with the Service and access it detour the standard interface.

1.2. The User agrees to use the Service only as permitted by law , including applicable regulations and rules. In case of detection or suspicion of violations, the Administration may suspend or completely block the User's access to the Service, to the data of the Service or to the personal data of the User.

1.3. When working with the Service, the User is not granted intellectual property rights to either the Service or the related content.

1.4. These Terms do not grant the User the right to use any elements of branding or logos presented in the Service.

1.5. The Service may contain content created and / or uploaded by third parties. The latter bear full responsibility for it in accordance with the laws of the Russian Federation or of another country.

1.6. Sometimes the Administration checks the content for compliance with laws and regulations. However, this does not mean that the Administration necessarily checks all uploaded materials.

1.7. In case of violations, the Administration reserves the right to remove or restrict access to data that violate the laws of the Russian Federation or another country.

1.8. If the User using the Service, the Administration can send you notices or information materials.

2. Registration of the account and its use

2.1. To use the Service, you need one account per user or company. The user can create it himself or in some cases, the Service Administration can provide it.

2.2. The user is responsible for all actions that are performed on the Service with the account of the User, and in itself.

2.3. Do not give the password from the account to outsiders, and in case of transfer of the account from the Administration to the User, you must change the password from the account at the first successful login to the Service.

2.4. In case of detection or suspicion of the user in the registration of several accounts, the Administration reserves the right to temporarily / permanently block and / or delete the account and / or data without notifying the user.

2.5. In case of partial or complete violation of the rules, the Administration reserves the right to block and / or delete data and / or account.

3. Working with data

3.1. The Service allows the User to upload, add, store, send, receive and process data. At the same time, all rights to intellectual property in relation to these materials remain with their owner.

3.2. By uploading, adding, storing, sending, receiving and processing data in the Service, the User grants to the Administration a license that allows it to use, post, store, reproduce, modify, view and create derivative works based on it (eg adaptations and other means optimization of materials). The listed rights that the User grants to the Administration are used exclusively to ensure the correct operation of the Service, analysis, promotion, as well as to provide high-quality technical support to the User.

4. Changes in the Service

4.1. Service is constantly changing and improving. From time to time, some functions and features are added to or removed from the Service. In addition, the Administration may suspend or close the operation of the Service in connection with a technical or other need.

5. Warranties and disclaimers

5.1. The Company or its suppliers and distributors do not give any other guarantees regarding the Service, except those specified in the submitted or additional conditions and policies. In particular, the Company does not assume any obligations regarding the content of the Service, and its special functionality, reliability, availability and compliance with the User's needs. The Service is provided on an "as is" basis. Legislation in some countries provides guarantees for both marketability, suitability for a particular sphere of application and the absence of copyright infringement. In addition to the situation stipulated by law, the Administration excludes all implied warranties.

6. Responsibility for the Service

6.1. The company or its suppliers and distributors are not liable for lost profits, lost revenue, loss of data, financial losses, as well as for indirect, special, indirect, punitive or punitive damages, unless otherwise provided by the legislation of the Russian Federation.


Sputnik Web is a service which opens up new opportunities in the field of online cartography: Create and publish your maps, Unleash the full potential of your UAV with getting 3D models, Provide users access to your projects without extra software. Use a browser which supports WebGL to run Sputnik Web on your PC or a smartphone.

For more details about WebGL follow the link: WebGL

Test your browser for WebGL compatibility here. If the picture is displayed correctly then you can continue.

At the moment WebGL is included in the package of browser tools on most known devices.

Sign up

Follow the link to sign up

Fill in all necessary fields and confirm your Email.

After you finish registration you can start using Sputnik Web.

Most of the basic functions are available in a free version. Additional features available to tariff plans subscribers. Tariffs information available to authorized users in the menu

Upload a data

Upload a layer

Layer – graphical representation of geodata in a specific format (set of aerial photographs, a single georeferenced image or digital terrain model (DTM), following file formats: CZML, KML, KMZ, SHP, TLS).

In order to upload a layer select the appropriate menu section, named "Upload layer". Choose a file format, edit the layer name and select the required files.

Attention! If files are do not meet the necessary requirements or exceed the hosting quota the layer will not be loaded.

After the upload is finished you will be redirected to the "My Layers" page. The main content of the page is the list of uploaded layers.

In order to upload a new layer select a button “Upload layer”.

There are operations which are available for each layer: download , rename , delete .

To display a layer on the surface of a virtual globe click on its name in the list.

Create location

In order to create a location you need to select the appropriate menu section, called "Create location", fill in all required fields. After the location is created you will be redirected to the page “Edit location”.

Edit location

On “Edit location” page you can edit the name and description, manage access to the location, add/upload layers, upload attachments. In order to delete layer or attachments click the button “Delete”.

In order to manage the access, please find the appropriate section "Access rights" on "Edit location" page. If you select “Custom access” the extra field will open where you need to enter login or username of a person to whom you want to provide an access. Select “Save changes”.

Upload attachment function is necessary for displaying files in the location. In order to upload an attachment, please select section “Attachments” on page of Edit Location. Select a required file and upload it. Then, when you open a location expand a side menu.

You always can see the list of attachments and download required files.


Sputnik Web is able to create 3D model of terrain, building or other object using your photographs. The cost of using the service consists of two components:

  • Hosting. Disk space required to store primary data, processed or downloaded models. You can buy an additional amount of disk space according to tariff plan.
  • Gigapixels (GPix). Gigapixels are calculated by following formula: ((Length Px * Width Px) / 1 000 000) * Number of photos) / 1000 = GPix


You have 100 photos with resolution of 4600 х 3448.

(4600 * 3448) / 1 000 000 =15,8 Мpx

(15,8 * 100) / 1000 = 1,58 GPx

Taking into account these two parameters you are able to estimate the necessary tariff plan. Tariffs information available to authorized users in the menu

It is noteworthy that if there is a certain amount of GPix on your account, a part of them will be written off after a project processing (according to calculations).

Image processing and creating 3D-model

In order to process images you need to visit a page “3D reconstruction”.

Enter reconstruction name and description and move to the next page.

You need to select photos for reconstruction. Photos which do not meet the requirements can be excluded from the reconstruction list.

After files are selected and uploaded, photos are being reconciled with requirements. If something goes wrong the system will notify you.

After validation is finished the photos can be sent for processing.

This process takes some time and depends on the number of photos and the complexity of the project.

After processing is finished you can select a tab “Location” or “Layer” and see the assembled model as a result.

Sputnik Web Tools

If a location or layer is opened you can observe created model as a result of reconstruction or as a previously uploaded one.

The main instruments are located on the toolbar

In order to select a cartographic coverage, click the requirement element

Switch the type of cartographic coverage, it will be changed according to the choice.

In order to tilt camera in nadir-pointing mode click the icon “Camera tilt”

In order to get the code for embedding your model or orthophoto on your site, you need to click the icon “HTML For embedding“.

In an opened dialog window select required embedding parameters.

After that you can select a text in the lower text block and paste it into the code of your page which is supposed to display the model.

In order to display or to hide layers in a given location select “Layer display mode”.

After that you need to mark or remove the checkmarks from the layers in an opened dialog window.

In order to measure the model size, use the “Ruler tool”

Simply click once on one point on a map, then click again on the second point. The real distance between the points should then be displayed.

At least three points are needed to calculate the area.

Select icon “Land area calculator”. Click multiple times on the map to define an area.

Use a double click on a model to up and down a model. In this window, you allow to change opacity of a model.


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