Launching Bhuvan: Isros answer to Google Earth

Written by fe Bureaus | Updated: Aug 14 2009, 05:41am hrs
Google Earths got some competition now from the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), which on thursday unveiled its beta version of Bhuvan (meaning earth in Sanskrit).

A web-based tool like Google Earth, Bhuvan promises to give better 3-D satellite imagery of India than is currently being offered by the US-based software giant plus a host of India-specific features like weather information and even administrative boundaries of all states and districts. The application can be downloaded from http://bhuvan.nrsc.gov.in/. The tool would offer pictures of the globe, just like Google Earth, and navigable in the same way but currently has the best resolutions over the Indian sub-continent. It allows users to fly from space to street level, grab, spin and zoom down to any place. It also provides tools for measuring, drawing, saving, printing and visualising thematic information.