Satellite Technology Current Affairs

NASA launches Remote Sensing Toolkit to promote commercial use of satellite data

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has launched ‘Remote Sensing Toolkit’ to promote commercial use of satellite data. The toolkit was launched as part of NASA’s Technology Transfer program that offers open remote-sensing data benefiting scientific community, other government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Remote Sensing Toolkit

It is an online toolkit that aims to make it easier for users to find, analyse and utilise relevant satellite data for their research, business projects or conservation efforts. It has been designed to help users search for data, as well as utilize ready-to-use tools and code to build new tools. It provides simple system that quickly identifies relevant sources based on user input. It makes finding and using NASA satellite data easier than ever before. It aims to spark innovation among entrepreneurial community and lead to further commercialisation of NASA technology.

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ISRO signs contracts with 3 vendors to assemble 27 Satellites 

U.R. Rao Satellite Centre (URSC), ISRO’s nodal satellites division has signed separate contracts with three vendors to outsource Spacecraft Assembly Integration and Testing (AIT) activities. The contracts were signed with Alpha Design Technologies P Ltd and its six consortium members; also with defence public enterprise Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) and Tata Advanced Systems Ltd, Hyderabad.

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The outsourcing is part of capacity-building initiatives undertaken by U R Rao Satellite Centre to promote participation of Indian industry from spacecraft subsystems to spacecraft assembly, integration and testing. Each of the contract partners will work with URSC to produce three small to medium satellites each year or total of 27 spacecraft by July 2021. About 50 members from each contract partner will separately work with URSC engineers to complete the project.

U R Rao Satellite Centre (URSC)

URSC (formerly known as ISRO Satellite Centre) is nodal centre of ISRO for design, development, fabrication and testing of all Indian made satellites. It was established in the year of 1972 and is based in Bengaluru, Karnataka. It was renamed after former ISRO Chairman and ISAC founding Director Dr. Udupi Ramachandra Rao in April 2018. Since inception, URSC has distinction of building more than 100 satellites for various applications like scientific, communication, navigation and remote sensing.

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