ISRO to Launch a Satellite for Natural Disaster Monitoring this Year

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has planned to launch a satellite that will be used for monitoring natural disasters.

Key Points

  • This satellite will be a geo-imaging satellite, EOS-3, which will be capable of near-real time monitoring of various natural disasters like cyclones, floods etc.
  • It will be launched sometimes in the year 2021-22.
  • Not only natural disasters but this satellite will also be capable of imaging the country at least 4 to 5 times in a day and will also be able to monitor crops, water bodies, change in forest cover and vegetation condition.
  • The Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) developmental flight is scheduled in the fourth quarter of 2021 and it will be launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre located in Sriharikota.

About Space Activities Bill

Space Activities Bill, which pertains to the promotion and regulation of private players in the country’s space sector, is under consideration by the government. The government wants to create an ecosystem that will encourage more private participation in the indigenous production of space technologies, devices and services.

About Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe)

In the month of June, 2020, the government had announced several reforms related to the space sector and had also created the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe). It is an independent nodal agency which falls under the ambit of the Department of Space. It has the aim of promoting, licensing, handholding, monitoring and authorising the private space activities in the country.

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