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Monday, August 17, 2009

India launches Bhuvan, rival to Google Earth

India has launched a rival to Google Earth, the search engine's hugely popular satellite imagery service.

The online tool, dubbed 'Bhuvan' (Sanskrit for Earth), has been developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro). Its debut comes as India redoubles its efforts to reap profits from its 45-year-old state-sponsored space programme, criticised by some as a drain on a country where 700 million people live on $US2 a day or less.

The new site also follows in the slipstream of the country's first moon probe, Chandrayaan-1, which successfully reached the lunar surface last November.

Bhuvan uses a network of Indian satellites to create a high-resolution, birds-eye view of India that is accessible at no cost online and will compete with Google Earth.

[Via TimesOnline]

Launch of Chandrayaan-1

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