'NISAR' satellite made by ISRO-NASA to be launched from India in September

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An Earth-observation satellite jointly developed by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and ISRO will be sent to India in late February 2023 for a possible launch in September.

An overview of the news

  • Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Chairman S Somnath recently visited NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California to oversee the final power test of the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) satellite before it is sent to India.

  • The mission will help study Earth's land and ice surfaces in greater detail than ever before.

  • This SUV-sized payload will be carried in a special cargo container for the 14,000 km flight to the UR Rao Satellite Center in Bengaluru.

About 'NISAR' satellite

  • ISRO and NASA had tied up in 2014 to build a satellite weighing 2,800 kg.

  • In March 2021, ISRO sent its S-band SAR payload developed in India to NASA for integration with the L-band payload manufactured by JPL.

  • This is an important step in better understanding the Earth and the changing climate.

  • It will provide important information on the Earth's crust, ice sheets and ecosystems.

  • The NISAR spacecraft will be integrated into the satellite bus at the UR Rao Satellite Center for launch.

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