Bhuvan the ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) tool for satellite imagery of geographical regions has launched its beta version.The tool would offer pictures of the globe, just like Google Earth, and navigable in the same way but currently has the best resolutions over the Indian sub-continent. Hyderabad-based National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA), a part of Isro, had a lead role in designing and developing ‘Bhuvan’.
Bhuvan promises to give better 3-D satellite imagery of India than google earth plus a host of India-specific features like weather information and even administrative boundaries of all states and districts.It also provides tools for measuring, drawing, saving, printing and visualizing thematic information. The resolutions currently on offer are good enough to view a vehicle moving on a road quite clearly.
According to the ISRO and media reports the new portal shows data which has been approved by the government of India and sensitive information has been kept out of the public domain.
The degree of resolution showcased is based on the level of popularity of a place or an area. Most of the terrain is covered up to a resolution of at least six metres. The least spatial resolution is 55 metres.The user can also navigate through 3D viewing environment.
The website can be accessed on http://www.bhuvan.nrsc.gov.in.