NASA and ISRO join hands to develop NISAR

Q.  What does NISAR stand for in the context of ISRO-NASA collaborations?
- Published on 22 Jul 16

a. NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Remote
b. NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar
c. NASA-ISRO Symbiotic Aperture Radar
d. None of the above

ANSWER: NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar
Indian space agency ISRO and USA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the NASA are working jointly on the development of Dual Frequency (L and S Band) Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging Satellite.
  • It can be used for numerous applications including natural resources, monitoring and mapping.
  • Joint mission is expected to yield results by 2021.
  • Called NISAR or NASA ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar, the satellite will also be used for estimation of agricultural biomass across the crop cycle, assessment of soil moisture, monitoring of floods and oil slicks as well as coastal erosion and variation of winds in coastal waters as well as assessment of mangroves and surface deformation studies.

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