Hyderabad, India: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will have an exclusive ground station in Hyderabad to collect and relay remote sensing (RS) data from multiple low-earth orbit satellites to customers all over the world.
This is expected to come in handy to manage the huge amount of remote sensing data relayed to ground stations as India plans to launch at least 30 such earth observation satellites within the next 10 years, according to V Jayaraman, Director, National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC). He was addressing participants at a meeting on Karnataka State Geospatial Database.
This series of satellites will include Resourcesat, Cartosat and ocean and atmospheric satellites. Jayaraman said, “We will launch Resourcesat-2 in early February or end-January, 2011.”
The exclusive ground station will be designed and built at a cost of INR 40 crore to supply 1,000 products and remote sensing information and maps within 12 hours directly to the end users and customers in India and neighbouring countries, he said.
Presently, NRSC takes at least five days on receiving satellite-relayed remote sensing data to deliver them to the customer organisations.
Although the NRSC is considered as a one-stop centre in India for users of remote sensing data solutions, it still does not have an exclusive ground station which receives and collates all the data on crop patterning, weather, disaster management, soil mapping, mineral mapping, land use, water resources and high resolution pictures which are of great value to specific organisations and agencies.
Source: DNA India