NASA hands over NISAR satellite to ISRO.

  • The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has received the NASA-ISRO SAR (NISAR) satellite from the US space agency. NISAR is a low Earth orbit observatory jointly developed by NASA and ISRO.
  • A US Air Force C-17 aircraft carrying the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) has landed in Bengaluru.
  • The satellite is expected to be launched into a near-polar orbit in 2024 from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Andhra Pradesh. The satellite will operate for at least three years. It is a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) observatory.
  • According to ISRO, NISAR will map the entire globe in 12 days and provide spatially and temporally consistent data for understanding changes in Earth’s ecosystems, ice mass, vegetation biomass, sea level rise, groundwater and natural hazards, including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and landslides.

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