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May 24, 2017
GSLV to launch US-India NISAR EO Satellite
New Delhi (Sputnik) May 24, 2017
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) will jointly put a $1.5 billion satellite into orbit in 2021 using GSLV, a rocket for which the US slapped sanctions on India. Weighing 2,200 kilogram, the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (abbreviated as NISAR) is the world's most expensive earth imaging satellite. It has been developed to observe and take measurements of earth's complex processes, including ecosystem disturbances, cracks ... read more

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First space-based sodium LIRDAR will study poorly understood Mesosphere
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SFL signs contract with Dubai to build environmental monitoring satellite
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How satellite data led to a breakthrough for Lake Erie toxic algal blooms
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Ice Particles in Earth's Atmosphere Create Bright Flashes Seen from Space
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Secretary of the Air Force's first visit emphasizes space and cyber

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