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Indian space & research organization has launched Bhuvan, a satellite mapping tool similar to Google Earth and Wikimapia. Bhuvan was launched on 12th August 2009.

The Bhuvan is focused on Indian sub-continent barring all sensitive locations such as military and nuclear installations .

ISRO's Bhuvan is latest version of Google Earth, which allows common man to zoom into any part of the world on their personal computer using satellite images. The new mapping service Bhuvan is a Sanskrit word of earth.

It will allow users to have a closer look at any part of the subcontinent. Bhuvan will provide the pictures of objects as small as a car on the road to build three-dimensional map of the world via ISRO's seven remote sensing satellites.

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. Bhuvan offers resolution up to 5 metres and is said to be a competitor to Google Earth.

“Bhuvan will be able to give you an image from only 10 meters away”, isro spokesman said. “With Bhuvan we will be able to produce very local information which will be specific to only to our own country. This information available from this mapping system will be useful in addressing very local problems like floods, famines, infrastructure development, education and much more,” said ISRO chairman Dr G Madhavan Nair.

Unlike Google Earth, however the Bhuvan application will not be downloadable and will not allow users to host content in the near future. “We are not competing with Google,” said Jayaraman.

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