US firm markets ISRO space images to the world

By siliconindia staff writer   |   Monday, 24 May 2004, 07:00 Hrs
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BANGALORE: American imaging firm Space Imaging will market to the world, space images captured by the indigenous remote sensing satellites RESOURCESAT-1 and CARTOSAT-1.

Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) signed an agreement with US-based Space Imaging early this year, which gives the American firm rights to market worldwide the data from RESOURCESAT-1, that was put into orbit in October 2003 and CARTOSAT-1, which ISRO plans to launch later this year.

India has emerged as one of the world leaders in remote sensing capabilities with ISRO having over 30 per cent global market share in spatial images.

"ISRO, Antrix and Space Imaging have worked as partners to fulfil India's vision of a global commercial earth observation programme and I am happy that the Indian Remote Sensing satellite system has emerged as one of the most high- profile programmes of the imaging industry," ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair said in the latest issue of Space India.

The Indian Remote Sensing Satellite programme primarily began with the objective of meeting diverse needs of natural resource management and environment related needs in India and also for supporting advanced research in earth sciences.

"In the past eight years, 19 ground stations have been installed to access data from Indian satellites IRS-1C and IRS-1D, and hence the success of these satellites is without question," Space Imaging CEO Robert Dalal said.

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