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 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.