NASA partnership with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
Since the 2007 National Academy of Science “Decadal Survey” report “Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond,” the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been studying concepts for a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) mission to determine Earth change in three disciplines – ecosystems, solid earth, and cryospheric sciences. In the course of these studies, a partnership with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) developed that has led to a joint mission with L-band and S-band SAR systems on board.
The project team has revised mission requirements to fit within NASA’s program. ISRO scientists expressed strong interest in these science objectives. The partnership with India has been key to preserving as much science as possible. In addition to the original NASA objectives, ISRO has identified a range of applications of particular relevance to India that the mission will address, including monitoring of agricultural biomass over India, snow and glacier studies in the Himalayas, Indian coastal and near-shore ocean studies, and disaster monitoring and assessment.
For more information about ISRO, visit their website: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)