Science News Desk – An Earth-observation satellite jointly developed by NASA and ISRO will be sent to India later this month for a possible launch in September. The satellite will help study Earth’s land and ice surfaces in more detail. Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) chairman S Somnath conducted the final electrical test of the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) satellite before it is sent to India. Visited NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in the US state of California on Friday to supervise the test.
“This mission will be a powerful demonstration of radar’s potential as a science tool, and will give us more information than ever before about Earth’s dynamic land and ice surfaces,” Somnath said at a formal ceremony held at JPL before the satellite was sent off. Will give information. India will get help in the study. Senior scientists from both the space agencies were present in the program.
ISRO and NASA had joined hands 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. The space agencies of both the countries have agreed to work together on many new projects in future as well. Apart from Earth Observation Satellite, it will also include missions on other planets. An agreement has also been reached between the top officials of the two countries. Recently, officials of India and America had also held a meeting to increase cooperation in the field of science and technology.