India: NASA and ISRO joining hands to build an earth observation satellite called NISAR (NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Mission). The satellite will be in charge of measuring changes in the Earth’s surface related to motions of the crust and ice surface, and its launch is scheduled for 2021. Its mission will comprise snow and glacier studies in the Himalayas, monitoring of agricultural biomass over India, Indian coastal and near-shore ocean studies, and disaster monitoring and management.
“One of the GSLV Mark II (launcher) will carry NASA's satellite NISAR in 2021. There is a very good chance of commercial requirement. Currently we are working on it,” stated Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO.