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NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) Updates

NASA ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) Updates

NISAR Updates: Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (I/C) Science and Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; and Minister of State (I/C) Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy, and Space, provided information on the next ISRO space missions planned for 2022 in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha as follows:

  • 2 Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) missions, one commercial and one for the launch of the EOS-06 earth observation satellite.
    ISRO’s Small Satellite Launch Vehicle has completed two developmental missions (SSLV).
  • 1 Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) flight for the purpose of launching the NavIC’s NVS-01 navigation satellite.
  • 1 communication satellite mission (GSAT-24) for a commercial client via a purchased launch.
  • 1 commercial Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle – Mark III (GSLV Mk-III) flight.

Dr. Jitendra Singh also stated that the government aims to construct other research centers around the country to help ISRO’s research. He stated that current Space Technology Incubation Centers and Regional Academia Centers for Space will receive grants of up to Rs. 200 lakhs per year, while new suggested cells will follow the same standards.

The Minister stated that the Government collaborates with foreign space research organizations to strengthen the Indian space program’s capacity for advancing programmatic priorities, expanding the space science and earth observation database, expanding ground station networks, improving products and services through joint experiments, and creating platforms for expertise inflow.

Currently, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is collaborating with the United States of America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop a satellite mission called ‘NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR)’ for scientific investigations of the Earth.

Learn More | Satellite mission named NASA-ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR).

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