The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) under the Department of Space, Government of India, is responsible for the implementation of the Indian space programme involving the development and operation of satellites, launch vehicles and ground systems, for carrying out research and applications related to communications, remote sensing, meteorology, space sciences, etc.
ISRO's INSAT family of satellites provides services in telecommunications, broadcasting, networking, etc. and in meteorological imaging. INSAT meteorological data is made available through the India Meteorology department
The IRS series of satellites provide remote sensing data in various spectral bonds and spatial resolutions. As of 2007, IRS-1C, IRS-1D, IRS-P4 (Oceansat), IRS-P5 (Cartosat-1), IRS-P6 (Resourcesat-1) and Cartosat-2 are operational, providing data for medium resolution, large area thematic mapping and high resolution, local area mapping.
IRS is the integrated LEO (Low Earth Orbit) element of India's NNRMS (National Natural Resources Management System) with the objective to provide a long-term spaceborne operational capability to India for the observation and management of the country's natural resources (applications in agriculture, hydrology, geology, drought and flood monitoring, marine studies, snow studies, and land use). The intend of the program is to create an environment of new perspectives for the Indian research community as a whole, to stimulate the development of new technologies and applications, and to utilize the Earth resources in more meaningful ways.
For more information on the Indian Space Research Organisation, visit www.isro.org.
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