ISRO Bhuvan a threat to Google Earth???

24 Sep

A moment of PRIDE for all Indians!!
Familiar with the features of Google Earth,now its time to check INDIA’s new ISRO ‘Bhuvan‘!!!

A>What is ISRO Bhuvan?

ISRO’s Bhuvan (which means Earth) is a satellite mapping tool similar to Google Earth and Wikimapia. It was developed by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It offers resolution up to 10 metres and is considered as a rival to Google Earth and Wikimapia.A prototype (beta) of this application was launched on 12th August 2009.
ISRO Bhuvan’s screenshot:

B>Basic Features of ISRO Bhuvan:
• Access, explore and visualise 2D and 3D image data along with rich thematic information on Soil, wasteland, water resources etc.

• Visualise multi-resolution, multi-sensor, multi-temporal image data
• Superpose administrative boundaries of choice on images as required
• Visualisation of AWS ( Automatic Weather Stations) data/information in a graphic view and use tabular weather data of user choice
• Fly to locations ( Flies from the current location directly to the selected location)
• Heads-Up Display ( HUD) naviation controls ( Tilt slider, north indicator, opacity, compass ring, zoom slider)
• Navigation using the 3D view Pop-up menu (Fly-in, Fly out, jump in, jump around, view point)
• 3D Fly through (3D view to fly to locations, objects in the terrain, and navigate freely using the mouse or keyboard)
• Drawing 2D objects (Text labels, polylines, polygons, rectangles, 2D arrows, circles, ellipse)
• Drawing 3D Objects (placing of expressive 3D models, 3D polygons, boxes)
• Snapshot creation (copies the 3D view to a floating window and allows to save to a external file)
• Measurement tools (Horizontal distance, aerial distance, vertical distance, measure area)
• Shadow Analysis (it sets the sun position based on the given time creating shadows and effects the lighting on the terrain)
• Urban Design Tools (to build roads, junctions and traffic lights in an urban setting)
• Contour map ( Displays a colorized terrain map and contour lines)
• Draw tools (Creates simples markers, free hand lines, urban designs)

C>Comparison between ISRO Bhuvan and Google Earth

Google Earth

* Zoom levels up to 200 mt
* Single layer information
* Images upgraded every 4 years
* No alternate viewing options
* Uses international satellites
ISRO Bhuvan
* Zoom levels up to 10 mt
* Multi-layer information
* Images upgraded every year
* Options of viewing on different dates
* Uses Indian satellites

E>Videos of ISRO ‘Bhuvan’

Information Courtesy:


One Response to “ISRO Bhuvan a threat to Google Earth???”

  1. Harishchand November 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    Sir,mere phone par 3d setelite chalu kar do plz

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