New Delhi: The common man can now view
sharper pictures of any part of the world on their personal
computer using satellite images with ISRO on Wednesday unveiling
`Bhuvan`, its version of Google Earth.
Minister of State in the PMO Prithviraj Chavan launched
the beta version of the geoportal www.bhuvan.nrsc.gov.in at a
day-long workshop of the Astronautical Society of India on
"21st Century Challenges in Space -- Indian Context."
The new web-based tool allows users to have a closer look
at any part of the subcontinent barring sensitive locations
such as military and nuclear installations.
The degree of resolution showcased is based on points of
interest and popularity, but most of the Indian terrain is
covered upto at least six meters of resolution with the least
spatial resolution being 55 meters, an ISRO official said.
The pictures are expected to be sharper than those on
Google Earth as Bhuvan uses 10 meter resolution images as
against 200 meter resolution photos offered by others.
Unlike in Google Earth, users will not be able to
download images from Bhuvan and will be able to browse content
like on any website.
First Published: Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 15:59