Aug 14, 2009

ISRO Bhuvan Google Earth Software Download

Is Bhuvan Earth Software an Independence Day Gift from ISRO ?

Click here to download ISRO BHUVAN Earth Internet Explorer plugin software .

New Users, Please register first...

According to ISRO you are restricted to use Bhuvan earth for
  • Real time navigation or route guidance, including but not limited to turn-by-turn route guidance that is synchronized to the position of a user's sensor-enabled device;
  • Any systems or functions for automatic or autonomous control of vehicle behavior.

What is ISRO Bhuvan Earth?
ISRO Bhuvan Earth is a software interface developed by ISRO. Bhuvan software provides high resolution satellite imagery of virtually the entire India over the internet. You can "fly" around using mouse and keyboard on a simple desktop computer with virtual globe in front draped with IRS images over Indian region. Many other features are built in, including 3D terrain and information on many thematic data.

What can ISRO Bhuvan Earth do for me?
Bhuvan is a free web based image portal. Most Image visualization programs are very expensive and complex. Bhuvan provides a fast and friendly way to look at IRS satellite data and thematic information in geographic context, which is invaluable for management, planning and visualization. Additionally, Bhuvan makes it easy to share digital data between people and computers anytime, anywhere. Over a period of time a lot more unique functionalities will be added into this tool to address common man’s problems, particularly in the rural setup of India and addressing natural resources management issues.

What do I require to run ISRO Bhuvan Earth on my Machine?
You require the Bhuvan Plug-in which can be downloaded from the Bhuvan website after registration and you will also need DirectX8 or higher version ( for installing the plug-in. Please note that the Bhuvan Plug-in can be installed with administrative privileges only.

How do I use ISRO Bhuvan Earth?
When you first open ISRO Bhuvan Earth website, You will land on the index page which gives you information on ISRO Bhuvan Earth and this page also allows you to register for using the ISRO Bhuvan Earth. Once you successfully register, you will land on the ISRO Bhuvan Earth 3D client page. Here, there are three primary areas of the program that you'll be using. The main window shows a globe, and you can navigate around with your mouse or use the Heads-Up Display (HUD) option available on the right top corner. Double right click to zoom in, and double left click to zoom out (or use your mousewheel). Right click, hold, and drag to pan. The second area is at the upper right of the main window. When you move your mouse over the navigation compass, it give you more movement options such as rotate and tilt (which you can also do with your mouse). The third area is to the left of the main window. This frame includes a fly to location and fly to important places option. On the top of the globe are the menu options for layers, 2D and 3D drawing, measurement tools, snapshot tools etc. When you select any of these options, you see the context options on the left plane where you can make appropriate choices that you can turn on to make visible in the main windows such as roads, 3D terrain, and more.

Can I use ISRO Bhuvan Earth if I don't have a fast internet connection?
Yes. ISRO Bhuvan Earth is designed to be as bandwidth-friendly as possible. However, it is dependent on continuously downloading a large amount of imagery. Consequently, the faster your connection, the better the program will perform. If you have a slow connection, ISRO Bhuvan Earth will download imagery correspondingly slowly, but it will (eventually) download everything at the maximum available resolution. Depending on the number of concurrent users on over servers and the kind of bandwidth at client end the ultimate speed of visualisation will be decided. This is a beta release, however with more learnings we will be able to make things more comfortable for all types of users.

Can I use ISRO Bhuvan Earth if I'm not connected to the internet?
No. You will have to be connected to Internet for using ISRO Bhuvan Earth.

How current is the imagery in ISRO Bhuvan Earth?

ISRO Bhuvan Earth portal does NOT display data in real-time. The images you see are a combination of satellite imagery from various IRS sensors taken (generally) sometime within the last three years during different seasons. ISRO Bhuvan Earth, on release, contains IRS satellite images from OCM, AWifs, LISS 3, and LISS 4 sensor images and will be added with more data from time to time. ISRO Bhuvan Earth is constantly updating its database to use more recent and higher resolution images.

You can explore the metadata content to determine when exactly a specific area was imaged, but you may be able to use landmarks to generalize a date range if you are familiar with the area.

How do I bookmark a place in ISRO Bhuvan Earth?
Zoom to the location that you'd like to bookmark (placemark, more accurately), use the draw tool to place an icon. After you save the placemark, it will stay in the frame to the left of the main window, and double clicking on it will zoom you to that position.

Can I add my own data into ISRO Bhuvan Earth?
No. In the current version, you will not be able to add your own data

Do I have to register to use ISRO Bhuvan Earth?
Yes. It is compulsory to register to use ISRO Bhuvan Earth.

How much does ISRO Bhuvan Earth cost?
The basic version of ISRO Bhuvan Earth is free. Once you register and you login, you will be asked to download the ISRO Bhuvan Earth plug-in. Accept the installation of the plug-in and you are ready to use the full features of ISRO Bhuvan Earth.

What are the Installation Requirements for Using ISRO Bhuvan Earth?

Requirements for Windows

* Operating System: Windows XP/Vista
* CPU: Pentium 4 2.4GHz+ or AMD 2400xp+
* System Memory (RAM): 512MB
* Hard Disk: 2GB free space
* Network Speed: 768 Kbits/sec
* Graphics Card: 3D-capable with 32MB of VRAM
* Screen: 1280x1024, "32-bit True Color"

Can I run ISRO Bhuvan Earth on Mac OS,Unix and Linux?
No at the moment ISRO Bhuvan Earth can run only on windows system and is optimised for IE 6. or higher

What type of data can I see in ISRO Bhuvan Earth?
You will be able to see the following data on ISRO Bhuvan Earth

* Satellite imagery (LISS III , LISS IV along with metadata and Multi- temporal Data from OCM & AWiFS)
* Value added information (NADAMS – National Agricultural Drought Monitoring System), Output of flood studies for certain areas,
* Thematic information (Wastelands, Soils, watershed,water resources related maps)
* Base layers ( administrative boundaries, transport layers, water bodies, etc)
* Census information
* Metadata

What do I do when I get the ‘’DD_ERR Video Ram Memory’’ error?
Close all other applications and relaunch ISRO Bhuvan Earth.

Is this a Google Killer?
This is not a Google Killer or an answer to Google but just a share of what ISRO can see through the satellites up there.


Anonymous said...

ISRO Bhuvan is launched on 12 August 2009. You can find more detail here:

balwana said...

i have window 7 then i can run bhuvan software on this OS.

neel said...

if u have and MS directx9.c or higher installed u can use bhuvan with internet explorer.theres no 7 has already got that.

admin said...

Bhuvan is a gateway to explore and discover virtual earth in 3D space with specific emphasis on Indian region from Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO). Using this Blog, one can share information about Bhuvan “India’ s own Google Earth”

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