US hands over NASA-ISRO developed satellite ‘NISAR’ to Indian space agency


Image source: ANI US hands over satellite to NASA

NISAR, an Earth observation satellite developed jointly by NASA and ISRO, was handed over from the US Air Force to the Indian Space Agency on Wednesday.

A US Air Force C-17 aircraft carrying NASA-ISRO synthetic aperture radar (NISAR) has landed in Bengaluru, the US consulate in Chennai said.

Joint Venture

The satellite is the result of a collaboration between the American space agency NASA and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

Usefulness of NISAR
NISAR will be used by ISRO for a variety of purposes, including agricultural mapping and areas prone to landslides.

“Landing in Bengaluru! @ISRO receives NISAR (@NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar) on a @USAirforce C-17 from @NASAJPL in California, paving the way for the final integration of the Earth observation satellite, a true symbol of #USIndia civil space cooperation. #USIndiaTogether,” the US Consulate General in Chennai tweeted.

When will be launched?
The satellite is expected to launch in 2024 from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Andhra Pradesh, into a near-polar orbit.

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