December 4,2002: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), in association with the CNES French Space Agency), was planning to launch an advanced satellite,Megatropiques for studying tropical weather, ISRO chairman K Kasturirangan said.
Addressing the inaugural session of the four-day international symposium on ‘Resource and environmental monitoring’ here on Tuesday, he said two other advanced satellites, Resourcesat and Cartosat — for resource and environmental applications — were all set to be launched next year.
The five-metre resolution Resourcesat will help in optimisation of resources using spatial data and is scheduled to be launched by the middle of 2003, Kasturirangan said. Cartosat, with a resolution of 2.5 metres, will be ready by the end of the next year.
Outlining other plans in resource and environmental applications, he said, “we are planning to have a satellite with an all-weather imaging capability.” Kasturirangan said India was in the formative stages of launching a precision farming programme with space inputs.
In spite of progress in biotechnology and information technologies, the country needs to have a coordinated effort involving scientists, policy makers and farmers for optimisation of resources through planning and coordination. Success of environmental monitoring and resource generation comes from science and developmen decision-making.