NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission
Nov 30, -0001
ISRO and NASA are jointly working on the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission to codevelop and launch a dual frequency synthetic aperture radar satellite.
About the MISSION:
NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission is a dual frequency (L & S Band) Radar Imaging Satellite. In this joint mission, JPL/ NASA will be responsible for design & development of L-band SAR, 12m unfurlable antenna, GPS system and data recorder. 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.
Aim and objectives of NISAR mission:
- Design, Develop and launch a Dual frequency (L and S Band) Radar Imaging Satellite.
- 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.
- Data collected from NISAR will reveal information about the evolution and state of Earth's crust, help scientists better understand our planet's processes and changing climate, and aid future resource and hazard management. The mission is a partnership between NASA and the Indian Space Research Organization.