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Oceansat-II to provide fishing location data

Hyderabad, India: Oceansat-II, scheduled to be launched on October 12, will provide information to fishermen on the optimal locations for fishing. The ground station will be in a position to issue the advisory by 5 PM which would prove handy for fishermen, since most of them go into the sea in the evening, stated SSC Shennoi, Director, Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), during the inauguration of the ground station to receive data from the OCEANSAT-II satellite at the INCOIS. The station was inaugurated by Vilasrao Deshmukh, Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Government of India.

According to Deshmukh, science and technology should be beneficial to common man, otherwise its purpose is defeated. On this occasion, Andhra Pradesh State’s Chief Minister, N Kiran Kumar Reddy said, “The fishermen are worried about being displaced in the name of development and care should be taken to protect their livelihood.”

The data centre at the ground station will receive raw image of the vast expanse of the land and ocean during each of the two passes the satellite would make over India daily. While one pass would cover the Bay of Bengal, the other would provide data on the Arabian Sea. Shennoi added the INCOIS advisories would help the fishermen make substantial saving on diesel for boats.

ISRO chairman K Radhakrishnan said ISRO is going to launch two more satellites in October- the Megha-Tropiques and Saral. The Megha-Tropiques is aimed at precipitation measurement and help in climate research in the tropical regions. SARAL (Satellite for Argos and Altika) will help to study seasonal forecasting, oceanography and climate studies.

The Oceansat-II project is a collaboration between the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the French space agency. With this project, India became only the second country to launch such a space mission after the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), the joint space mission between the US-based National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) designed to monitor and study tropical rainfall. But, that satellite was launched way back on November 27, 1997.

As a joint venture between the two countries, the ISRO will bear the launch cost of INR 90 crore. For the satellite payload, ISRO has incurred a cost of INR 80 crore and the French space agency — Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES) has contributed INR 300 crore. Of the three instruments aboard the satellite, MADRAS has been built jointly by the

The satellite will carry an Imaging Radiometer Microwave Analysis and Detection of Rain and Atmospheric Structures (MADRAS), a six-channel humidity sounder (SAPHIR), a four-channel Scanner for Radiation Budget Measurement (SCARAB) and GPS Radio Occultation System (GPS-ROS), Radhakrishanan added.

Source: The New Indian Express & Business Standard