19 November 2008

Bhuvan vs Google Earth

Yes it is. On March 2009 ISRO will launch its own IRS (Indian Remote Sensing) image portal called 'Bhuvan'. Bhuvan (Sanskrit for Earth) will offer detailed satellite views of our planet just like Google Earth and Wikimapia.

Bhuvan will use a network of satellites to create a high-resolution, bird's-eye view of India – and later, possibly, the rest of the world – that will be accessible at no cost online and will compete with Google Earth. If a pilot version passes muster, Bhuvan will be fully operational by the March. There are also plans to incorporate a Global Positioning System (GPS) into the online tool. Bhuvan will mainly focus on the sub-continent.


Bhuvan has an edge over Google Earth. Bhuvan has a lot more features than the famed Google Earth. Lets compare Bhuvan with Google Earth.

  • Google Earth zooms in upto 200 meters, Wikimapia zooms upto 50 meters but Bhuvan can zoom upto 10 meters. The image is of a very high resolution such that you can get a view from the three storey building.
  • Google Earth is a single layer information whereas Bhuvan is a multilayer information.
  • In Google Earth the images are upgraded every 4 years whereas in Bhuvan, it is upgraded every year.
  • Google Earth has no alternative viewing option. In Bhuvan you have an option of viewing on different dates.
  • Google Earth uses international satellites for mapping but Bhuvan uses Indian satellites.

The prototype of Bhuvan will be ready by the end of November and ISRO is hoping to officially launch the service by March 2009.

ISRO is now booming itself since the launch of Chandrayaan.

8 comments:

vivek said...

10 meters? from the ground you mean??? then its ultra cool!! :D

Inchara Prakash said...

yup.. 10 meters from the ground... With high resolution images... U know its really frustrating looking at Chennai through Google Earth.. They havent updated for years.. IT corridor is still a 4 lane road... Karthipara jn construction has only began according to Google Earth... With Bhuvan being updated every year its gonna do a lot more favour...

Harikumar said...

wow this is cool.... But then the ISRO has still a long way to go.....

Inchara Prakash said...

Yes.. A long way to go.. But ISRO's journey just started last month with Chandrayaan... Within one month there is a huge leap by ISRO..

Things will change even better if ISRO tries to launch Chandrayaan 2 by 2010 and also a successful land.. Maybe it will give more confidence for our government on ISRO, who is yet to accept the Mars project...

vivek said...

wishing the ISRO team all d best..! :P :D

Kavin said...

wow... really cool... all the best to ISRO... am eagerly waiting for the launch of Bhuvan!!!

jilli said...

AWESOMEE!!! wish you all the best ISRO.

Anonymous said...

great job by ISRO!:) A new topic for my coll news letter!