NASA-ISRO NISAR Satellite: US Air Force C-17 aircraft landed in Bengaluru on Wednesday (March 8) and handed over the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) to the Indian space agency. . It is considered a milestone in US-India relations. It has been prepared jointly by NASA and the Indian Space Research Organisation.
US Consulate General tweeted, "NISAR satellite reached Bengaluru. ISRO received an Earth observation satellite from NASA in California, which was brought by a US Air Force C-17 aircraft. It is a true symbol of space cooperation between the two countries."
Will be launched in 2024
NISAR is a satellite that will prepare data by completely analyzing the surface of the earth. It will be used for various purposes including agricultural mapping and locating areas prone to landslides. This satellite is expected to be launched in 2024 from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Andhra Pradesh. According to the report of the news agency ANI, the satellite will work for at least three years. ‘Nisar’ will prepare the map of the whole world in 12 days.
Touchdown in Bengaluru! @ISRO receives NISAR (@NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar) on a @USAirforce C-17 from @NASAJPL in California, setting the stage for final integration of the Earth observation satellite, a true symbol of USIndia civil space collaboration. USIndiaTogether pic.twitter.com/l0a5pa1uxV
— US Consulate General Chennai (@USAndChennai) March 8, 2023
Why is NISAR important?
NISAR will be the first of its kind radar in space which will systematically map the Earth. NISAR will provide data and information about changes in the Earth’s surface, natural hazards and disturbances in ecosystems. The satellite will rapidly provide vital information to help manage natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.
NISAR data will also be used to improve agricultural management and food security by providing information on crop growth, soil moisture and land use changes. NISAR will help monitor and understand the effects of climate change on Earth’s surface, including melting glaciers, sea level rise and changes in carbon storage.
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