ISRO and NASA collaborate for NISA Radar mission

News Bharati English    31-Jul-2015

Bangalore, July 31: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and United States space agency NASA have joint hands for NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission to co-develop and launch a dual frequency synthetic aperture radar satellite.

DoNER Minister Dr Jitendra Singh said, "The aim and objectives of NISAR mission included exploration of newer application areas using L and S band microwave data, especially in natural resources mapping and monitoring; estimating agricultural biomass over full duration of crop cycle; assessing soil moisture; monitoring of floods and oil slicks; coastal erosion, coastline changes and variation of winds in coastal waters; assessment of mangroves; and surface deformation studies due to seismic activities". 
He said the Implementation Arrangement (IA), defining the roles and responsibilities of ISRO and NASA, had been signed by the two agencies in September 2014.

ISRO has completed the Baseline Design Reviews of Spacecraft and S-band SAR payload. JPL has successfully completed the Mission Concept and Key Decision Point reviews. The first Joint Steering Group (JSG) meeting of NISAR was held on July 21 this year.

ISRO will be responsible for design & development of S-band SAR, Spacecraft Bus, data transmission system, Spacecraft integration & testing, launch using GSLV and on-orbit operations.

The cost of the project comprises of estimated to be Rs 788.00 Cr and cost of JPL’s work share, which is expected to be around USD 808 millions.

Explore newer application areas using L and S band microwave data, especially in natural resources mapping & monitoring; estimating agricultural biomass over full duration of crop cycle; assessing soil moisture; monitoring of floods and oil slicks; coastal erosion, coastline changes and variation of winds in coastal waters; assessment of mangroves; surface deformation studies due to seismic activities etc.