ISRO is working on an ambitious project called Bhuvan (means Earth), a satellite mapping tool.
Bhuvan allows you to zoom far closer than the aerial view from a chopper. If Google Earth shows details upto 200 metres distance and Wikimapia upto 50 metres, Bhuvan will show images upto 10 metres, which means you can easily see details upto a three floor high building and also add information.
Bhuvan uses the data recorded by Indian satellites and the first prototype will be available by November.
Bhuvan’s edge over Google Earth
- Google Earth’s Zoom levels up to 200 mt – ISRO’s Bhuvan Zoom levels up to 10 mt
- Google Earth: Single layer information – ISRO’s Bhuvan: Multi-layer information
- Google Earth: Images upgraded every 4 years – ISRO’s Bhuvan: Images upgraded every year
- Google Earth: No alternate viewing options – ISRO’s Bhuvan: Options of viewing on different dates
- Google Earth: Uses international satellites – ISRO’s Bhuvan: Uses Indian satellites
This is surely a big deal for ISRO which just launched Chandrayaan.
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