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ISRO tracks Hurricane Sandy

Ahmedabad, India: Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Oscat radio scatterometer on board its 960kg Oceansat-2 remote sensing satellite had tracked ocean surface winds of Hurricane Sandy that wreaked havoc in eastern US, announced NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

NASA had sought ISRO”s help as its QuikSat satellite stopped operating in November 2009. QuikSat resembles the Oscat radio scatterometer.

Officials said ISRO”s Ahmedabad-based Space Applications Centre has designed and developed the scatterometer, an active microwave device, which among other things is equipped with one-meter parabolic dish antenna. It has been designed to provide global ocean coverage.

ISRO spokesperson Devi Prasad Karnik said ISRO, NASA and US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (USNOAA) have an agreement regarding sharing Oceansat-2”s data.

“The sharing of data of Hurricane Sandy only reflects the growing collaboration between ISRO, NASA and USNOAA,” he said.

The scatterometer”s image of Hurricane Sandy obtained was transmitted to NASA and USNOAA and shows it heading towards the eastern US coast.

Source: TOI