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Chernobyl Street View

Virtual Pripyat

EXPLORE CHERNOBYL

#1 of the top 10 most polluted places on Earth

Imagine exploring the largest and the most dangerous site of a nuclear disaster in the world.

Except you can’t. Not in reality, not online. Currently even Google CAN NOT get to Chernobyl.

With your support, we can change that and create Google Street View of the most radioactive city on Earth accessible for free by 2,700,000,000 people connected to the internet.

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ABOUT PRIPYAT

Latitude: 51.4056° N
Longitude: 30.0569° E
Population: 0

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Soviet ghost city, frozen in time. Town of Pripyat was evacuated in 1986 after the world’s worst nuclear accident that took place in the former Soviet Union.

Located in the heart of Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and remains locked for the general population. Only scientists and a designated group of workers are allowed… with exception of few lucky turists that occasionally get a permit and see a small part of Soviet artifacts.

The exclusion zone consists of the destroyed nuclear power plant, military vehicle graveyards, and the radioactive red forest, with its glowing animals – joking – as well as the city of Pripyat.


Pripyat consists of approximately 300 abandoned buildings.

160+ Appartments 26 Campuses 21 Schools 1 Hospital + 3 Clinics 25 Stores and Malls 2 Stadiums 4 Factories 1 Train Station 3 Swimming Pools 10 Gyms 1 Park + 35 Playgrounds 1 Cinema + 1 Art School 10 Warehouses
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THE PROJECT

Estimated time: 1-2 years

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Putting most polluted place into Google Street View is not easy.

1. We already planned all major routes for the whole city but we’ll need to make final corrections from within the exclusion zone itself

2. After the plan is finalized, we will start our countless trips to Chernobyl – for a while, it will become our second home

3. Doing this work means getting exposed to radiation. We are passionate but not suicidal, we know the safe limits and will take necessary steps to stay healthy.

4. The work inside the exclusion zone will be completed by several part-time teams. Basically, one team will be working inside exclusion zone, and when they absorb maximum recommended limit of radiation, they will leave the zone and will be replaced with another team. By the way, more of your money means less radiation for us.

5. The field team will be capturing thousands of panoramic images and send them to the off-site team.

6. The off-site team, will use software to convert those images into so called spheres that represent a 360 degree view from a single GPS coordinate.

7. Finally, the spheres will be joined together to create something that you know by the name of the Google Street View.

Other tools:

Other items include the geiger counters to measure the radiation, accommodation and transportation expenses, flight tickets, food, radiation suites… and did we mention the health insurance?

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BENEFITS

What we’ll create…
And the tools we’ll need.

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Preserved

You can think of it as a virtual museum that will be available to all of you, and future generations.

Free

Explore ghost town for free. No need to pay ~$2000 and arrange for the air tickets, hotel, government permit, food and other expenses.

Safe

You don’t need to get exposed to radiation while exploring the nuclear grave of Soviet technology.

Accessible

Explore abandoned town from anywhere in the world at any time.
 

Scientifically valuable

The Street View can be used for mapping scientific and technical information.

CHALLENGES

Health hazards
Project funding
Access to technology

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Challenges Descriptions
TreesIn some areas, large number of trees obstruct free movement
WeatherPhoto shoot must be done in identical weather conditions in order to avoid inconsistencies while moving from one street to another
Copter BatteryHard to document areas not accesible by foot. Due to the weight of the camera and onboard equipment, the copter can fly approximately 15 minutes on a single battery charge
WindWe can’t fly copter in windy conditions, which cripples our ability to take pictures during the windy days
RadiationWhile going on a day tour to exclusion zone (using safe routes) is generally acceptable, extended work in the zone may harm health. Rotation of temporary field staff must be planned very carefully.
TravelChernobyl exclusion zone is isolated; everyday travel = 100km (2-way)
Structural IntegritySome buildings already collapsed; if buildings fall, radioactive dust from the ground will be blown into the air and will be then spread with the wind in unpredictable directions
PLEASE, HELP US TO DOCUMENT CHERNOBYL DISASTER
TODAY, WE STILL HAVE TIME TO DO IT; IN FEW YEARS IT MAY BE TOO LATE
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Toronto, Ontario, M5H 3C2

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