NISAR, an earth observation satellite jointly developed by NASA and ISRO was handed over to the Indian space agency by the US Air Force on Wednesday.
A US Air Force C-17 aircraft carrying the NASA-ISRO synthetic aperture radar (NISAR) landed in Bengaluru, the US Consulate in Chennai said.
The satellite is an outcome of a collaboration between the American space agency NASA and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
Utility of NISAR
NISAR will be used by ISRO for a variety of purposes including agricultural mapping, and landslide-prone areas.
“Touchdown in Bengaluru! @ISRO receives NISAR (@NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar) on a @USAirforce C-17 from @NASAJPL in California, setting the stage for final integration of the Earth observation satellite, a true symbol of #USIndia civil space collaboration. #USIndiaTogether,” the US Consulate General, Chennai tweeted.
When will be launched?
The satellite is expected to be launched in 2024 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh, into a near-polar orbit.
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