US space agency NASA and India’s premier space agency ISRO are in talks for jointly building a satellite for the first time. “Now, there is a feasibility study going on whether we can jointly make a satellite, with synthetic aperture radar (SAR) payloads working on two frequency bands ‐ L‐band and S‐band”, chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Dr K Radhakrishnan said. Mr Charles F Bolden Jr, administrator of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of United States, visited the Space Applications Centre (SAC) of ISRO in Ahmedabad on June 25, 2013. He had a meeting with Radhakrishnan, to discuss the ongoing cooperative activities between ISRO and NASA and also the potential areas of future cooperation. “…the joint satellite mission is an important step. It’s not making an instrument and plugging it actually. It’s working together. That’s what we are discussing. It (working together) should happen in the next few months”, Dr Radhakrishnan said.
Source: Times of India
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