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Google Earth Like feature by ISRO

Indian Space Agency ISRO to launch Bhuvan–a Google Earth like feature

If you were dreaming about having indigenous Google Earth like feature, here is what they call a reality: ISRO is all set to launch a Google Earth clone service, called Bhuvan. The Indian Space Agency is preparing to launch this service that will be called Bhuvan, which means “world” in Sanskrit and other Indian languages.

The launch date of Bhuvan is not yet declared though it was earlier estimated to be in March. It is also estimated that Bhuvan will have the capacity to zoom up to 20m, while Google earth currently zooms up to 200 m and Wikimapia up to 50 m. Once again, Bhuvan will be concentrating only on India and not on the whole world.

Dr G Madhavan Nair, ISRO chairman, said “Bhuvan will use the data recorded by the Indian satellites only. The prototype of Bhuvan will be ready by the end of November and ISRO is hoping to officially launch the service by March next. With Bhuvan we will be able to produce very local information which will be specific to only to our own country. This information available from this mapping system will be useful in addressing very local problems like floods, famines, infrastructure development, education and much more. The information on Bhuvan will be layer wise and the options of viewing filtered information will be available. Inputs from a lot of local players, like farmers, fishermen and likes who know the local area in and out, will also being integrated in Bhuvan. This is for the primary reason to make it of more use to the general public.”

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  1. March 31, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Niiice post thanks so much for this useful info

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