The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has brought to the fore Bhuvan, a mapping application website like Google Earth, which is confident to give better 3D satellite images of India and provides India specific features.
What is the name of the word Bhuvan? Well, it means earth in Sanskrit and enables users to see any part of the subcontinent barring sensitive locations for instance military and nuclear installations. The 3D mapping tool makes use of images taken a year ago by ISRO’s seven remote sensing satellites, including Cartosat-1 and Cartosat-2. The satellites can even capture the images of objects as small as a car on a road.
What are its leading features?
These include Access, explore and visualize 2D and 3D image data along with rich thematic information on Soil, wasteland, water resources, superpose administrative boundaries of choice on images as required, visualization of AWS ( Automatic Weather Stations) data/information in a graphic view and use tabular weather data of user choice, Heads-Up Display ( HUD) naviation controls ( Tilt slider, north indicator, opacity, compass ring, zoom slider), navigation using the 3D view pop-up menu (Fly-in, Fly out, jump in, jump around, view point).
Apart from this the other features are drawing 2D objects (Text labels, polylines, polygons, rectangles, 2D arrows, circles, ellipse), drawing 3D Objects (placing of expressive 3D models, 3D polygons, boxes), snapshot creation (copies the 3D view to a floating window and allows to save to a external file).