ISRO-NASA builds NISAR satellite ready to be sent to India for launch.
The Earth-observation satellite jointly developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and ISRO will be sent to India in late February 2023 for a possible launch in September.
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Chairman S Somnath recently visited NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California to oversee the final power test of the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) satellite before it is dispatched to India.
The mission will help study Earth’s land and ice surfaces in greater detail than ever before.
The SUV-sized payload will be carried in a special cargo container for the 14,000 km flight to the UR Rao Satellite Center in Bengaluru.
About ‘NISAR’ satellite :
ISRO and NASA had joined hands in 2014 to build a satellite weighing 2,800 kg.
In March 2021, ISRO sent its S-band SAR payload developed in India to NASA for integration with the L-band payload manufactured by JPL.
This is an important step towards better understanding the Earth and the changing climate.
It will provide important information on the Earth’s crust, ice sheets and ecosystems.
The NISAR spacecraft will be integrated into the satellite bus at the UR Rao Satellite Center for launch.