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‘Mapping can be used to decongest cities and help in better planning’

MOM director said, “This is first time any spacecraft has survived the Van Allen radiation belts.’’

Written by Dipti Singh | Mumbai | Published: January 6, 2015 2:14:41 am

Space scientists and researchers on Monday took time off to share details on latest satellite technology and their challenges at a plenary session on space science and space technology. From latest satellites for mapping land and oceans to succesful journey of ‘Mangalyaan’ ( Mars orbiter) everything was covered at the packed session.

While describing the journey of Mangalyaan, S Arunan, project director, Mars orbiter Mission (MOM) said, “This is the first time that any spacecraft has survived the Van Allen radiation belts.’’

Arunan said that for almost a fortnight there will be absolutely no communication with the Mars Orbiter Mission(MOM). “From June 8 to June 22 it will lose communication for the first time for such a long period since its launch on November 5, 2013. There will be a blackout as a result of eclipse, that is the Sun will come between Earth and Mars, blocking the view of the red planet.’’

He added, “The quality of data downloaded from the five payloads on board MOM was excellent. Mangalyaan even captured images of the martian moons — Phobos and Demios, the natural satellites of Mars.’’

Following this was a presentation on IRNSS ( Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System) M Nageswara Rao, Project Director , IRNSS Space segment and GSAT 14 spacecarft. Rao spoke in detail about GAGAN ( GPS Aided GEO And Navigation) system and other satellite navigation system.

S Somnath, ISRO’s project director of GSLV MK- III, India’s heaviest rocket spoke on the succesful launch of GSLV MK – III under the topic- Beyond GSLV – Future space transportation systems and capabilities.

P G Diwakar, Deputy Director NRSC ( National Remote Sensing Centre at Hyderabad spoke in detail about space based inputs for management of natural resources. He discussed about the present scenario of management of natural resources and its future requirement. Not only this but Diwakar satellites are helpful in mapping various things on earth.

“Mapping is helpful in every field like agriculture, forest and environment, ocean meterology, water resources, urban and rural development. Mapping can be used to decongest cities and urban set-up and help in better planning. Mapping of disaster struck areas such as Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir helped not only to find the cause but amount and nature of destruction leading to effective rescue mission and disaster management programmes,’’ said Diwakar.

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