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ISRO : New ground station in North Pole

Last updated on July 23rd, 2020 at 05:16 am

ISRO’s new overseas ground station to be set in the North Pole. ISRO already has two ground stations—IMGEOS at Shadnagar and AGEOS in Antarctica. The upcoming North Pole ground station is of prime importance. However, to meet its objective of achieving 14-orbit coverage. But, this ambitious plan will take some time as it includes huge logistical challenges.

The responsibility of overseeing this program is under ISROs prestigious and indigenous Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) Satellite Program includes its constellation of earth observation satellites which provide data, and the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad.

The NRSC’s responsibilities include data acquisition and processing, aerial remote sensing, data dissemination and decision support for disaster management.

There are 11 operational satellites. All in polar sun-synchronous orbit. And they are the largest constellation of remote sensing satellites being deployed for civilian use in the world today.

The advancements in high-resolution satellite programmes of IRS, the complexity and role of ground stations have significantly increased, says IRSO scientist.

“High-resolution satellites need frequent visibilities with larger processing power, data storage capacity onboard, data downlink of stored images to ground stations, for meeting the global and Indian user requirements,” he added.

Why is the North Pole station crucial?

“…Because this will provide an opportunity to download the complete data within the same orbit and enable the usage of onboard resources in every orbit and transfer the raw data in near real-time to Shadnagar,” explained the ISRO scientist.

Rounding off, the scientist said that while ISRO is serious about setting up the station. The plans will take some time to materialize as it involves enormous logistical challenges, international approvals, and cooperation.

Additionally, any hardware installation is a complex task and given the North Pole’s unforgiving weather conditions, which are even tougher to deal with than the weather conditions at the South Pole, this task will undoubtedly be quite a challenge!

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Akshat Mishra is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in Physics from Lund University in Sweden. He feels the need to explore the depths of the not-so-dark universe while at the same time watch the quanta in action. Electronic Music is what puts him in the thinking zone.

Akshat Mishrahttps://www.scilynk.in/akshat-mishra
Akshat Mishra is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in Physics from Lund University in Sweden. He feels the need to explore the depths of the not-so-dark universe while at the same time watch the quanta in action. Electronic Music is what puts him in the thinking zone.

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