ISRO, NASA To Work Together To Launch India’s First Space Station
The Indian space agency, ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation), and the United States space agency, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) are working together to launch India’s first space station. This monumental project is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2024.
The joint venture satellite, NISAR (NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar), is a critical part of this mission. With a whopping cost of USD 1.5 billion, NISAR is designed for Earth observation, focusing on ecosystems, land deformations, and various other crucial environmental aspects.
But the collaboration doesn’t end there. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, who is currently visiting India, met with our Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh.
They discussed various aspects of space cooperation, emphasizing the potential for India to send an astronaut to the International Space Station by the end of next year.
Furthermore, ISRO is exploring the use of NASA’s facilities for testing the Gaganyaan module’s protection shields against micrometeoroids and orbital debris.
The purpose of NISAR is to gather data suitable for studying land ecosystems, solid earth deformations, cryospheres in mountains and polar regions, sea ice, and coastal oceans.
It’s a mission that blends the expertise of ISRO and NASA, making it the first time these agencies have collaborated on hardware development for an Earth-observing mission.
During his visit, Nelson expressed his enthusiasm for strengthening the partnership between NASA and ISRO. His visit is not just about NISAR; it also fulfills a commitment as part of the US and India initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology initiated by President Joe Biden.
Nelson will participate in the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference, a first for a NASA administrator. Plus, he’ll engage with students in both countries, discussing STEM education and their roles in the Artemis Generation.
This collaboration signifies a new era in space exploration for India. It’s not just about launching satellites or building a space station; it’s about building a partnership that could propel space exploration to new heights in space technology and research.