ISRO is All Set to Test Multi Object Tracking Radar (MOTR)

India made Multi Object Tracking Radar (MOTR) to be test by ISRO next month on a rocket flight. The project may take three months of time – Complete report from ISRO. Indian Space Research Agency is soon going to test indigenously-built Multi Object Tracking Radar or formally named as MOTR. Most significant part here is, the radar can track up to 10 objects [30 x30 cm] simultaneously from a distance of 800 KM. Addressing to press, ISRO official disclosed this project along with its launching details. Mr. Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) director Mr. M.Y.S. Prasad told here in Sriharikota that, “The MOTR designed and developed by Mr. Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) will be tested next month during a PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) rocket flight. The formal commissioning of the system is expected to happen three months down the line.” Coming to its extended range, a 50 x 50 cm sized object can be tracked with the help of this Multi Object Tracking Radar from a distance of 1000 KM. with a total project cost of Rs. 245 Crore, this surely is a masterpiece and a standard “Made in India” project. ISRO also said that, the entire project cost will be around Rs 800 Crore in international market and mainly it is used for defense purpose. In his statement, MOTR project manager Mr. V Seshagiri Rao told that, “The software for operating the system and analysing the data was developed in-house and around Rs. 100 crores value could be put for that.” According to senior project members, only some selected countries have the ability to build such a sophisticated system. With the help of MOTR, ISRO is now capable of handling its future mission which involves atmospheric re-entry of space modules. Coming to MOTR specifications, the radar weighs 35 ton, 12 meter long and 8 meter tall. It can be turned to any direction with a stationary antenna while its beam produced by 4,608 radiating elements can be steered.

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