12 things you wanted to know about Bhuvan ISRO and how it fares with Google  

1. Bhuvan, (Sanskrit: भुवन, lit: Earth), is a satellite mapping tool similar to Google Earth and Wikimapia.

2.It was developed by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

3.It offers resolution up to 5 metres and is considered as a rival to Google Earth and Wikimapia.

4.Official launch - 13th August 2009.

5.Bhuvan will be able to take more closer pictures of the Indian Subcontinent as compared to the Google Earth.

6.Bhuvan will feature a zoom level of upto 10 meters while the Google Earth features a zoom level of up to 200 meters.

7.The new ISRO Bhuvan will also feature a multi layer information mapping while the present Google Earth features a single layer information mapping system.

8.Bhuvan will also update map information every year contrary to the Google Earth which updates its map information every 4 years.

9.Bhuvan will provide very local information which will be specific to only to our own country.

10.This information available from this mapping system will be useful in addressing very local problems like floods, famines, infrastructure development, education and much more.

11.Unlike Google Earth, however the Bhuvan application will not be downloadable and will not allow users to host content in the near future.

12. Bhuvan project demonstrates the country’s expertise in both information and space technology.


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