New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch NISAR into space in collaboration in with the NASA of the US.
NASA administrator Bill Nelson reached India on Tuesday. While in India, Nelson will visit the Bengaluru-based facilities where the NISAR spacecraft, a joint Earth-observing mission between NASA and ISRO is undergoing testing and integration for launch in 2024.
NISAR space mission is short for NASA ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar.
The total cost of the NISAR project is around Rs 12,505 crore. It is the most expensive Earth imaging satellite in the world.
NISAR is likely to be launched in January 2024.
NISAR will use its advanced radar imaging technology to map the elevation and movement of Earth’s land masses and ice sheets four to six times a month.
The NISAR satellite will observe the most complex natural processes of the planet, including ecosystem disturbances, ice-sheet collapse, as well as earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides.
The data collected by NISAR will help in research about the evolution of the Earth’s crust, predict and analyse natural disasters and understant more about the natural resources of the planet.
The data from NISAR will be made available for free.