Wednesday, August 12, 2009

ISRO unveils mapping application 'Bhuvan'

ISRO will unveil its version of Google Earth, the iconic mapping service for the common man to zoom into any part of the world on their personal computer using satellite images.

However, the new mapping service -- Bhuvan, which means earth in Sanskrit -- will allow users to have a closer look at any part of the subcontinent barring sensitive locations such as military and nuclear installations.

ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair will unveil the Bhuvan webportal at a function here tomorrow in the presence of Minister of State in the PMO Prithviraj Chavan.

Bhuvan will use images taken by ISRO's seven remote sensing satellites at least a year ago. These eyes in the sky can capture images of objects as small as a car on the road to build three-dimensional map of the world.

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