NASA-ISRO working on biggest project ‘NISAR’ Mission, launch in early 2023 from SHAR Range

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Chennai, Oct 15 : The US Space Agency the National

Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Indian

Space Research Organisation (ISRO) are collaborating on

one of NASA’s biggest project–the NASA-ISRO SAR Mission

(NISAR), a joint Earth-observing mission.

This was disclosed by Drew Schufletowski, Minister Counselor

for Economic, Environment, Science and Technology Affairs,

US Embassy, New Delhi, in his address at the three-day Space

Technology Conclave titled ‘Space Technology: The Next Business

Frontier,’. organised by the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras

(IIT-M), the US Consulate General, Chennai and the Indian Space

Association (ISA) at the IIT-M premises on Saturday.

NISAR is planned for launch in early 2023 from the Satish Dhawan

Space Center , SHAR Range in Sriharikota, into a near-polar orbit

at an altitude of 747 km with an inclination of 98.4 deg.

ISRO will be using its heaviest home grown rocket GSLV-MkII for

the mission which will take place from the Second Launch Pad,

according to information collected from the NASA website on the

NISAR mission.

Delivering an address on the ‘Conclave from a Government

Perspective,’ Drew Schufletowski said, “bilateral trade between

India and the US is at a higher level than ever before and I see

the potential for collaboration in many areas.”

Currently, NASA and ISRO are collaborating on one of NASA’s

biggest project–the NASA-ISRO SAR Mission (NISAR), a joint

Earth-observing mission, he said.

The NISAR Mission will measure Earth’s changing ecosystems,

dynamic surfaces, and ice masses providing information about

biomass, natural hazards, sea level rise, and groundwater, and

will support a host of other applications.

NISAR will observe Earth’s land and ice-covered surfaces globally

with 12-day regularity on ascending and descending passes,

sampling Earth on average every 6 days for a baseline 3-year

mission.

NISAR will map global land biomass, the amount of organic material

from plants, every 12 days.

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