NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar

NISAR Radar Concept NISAR Radar Concept

An artist's concept of the planned NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar, or NISAR, satellite in orbit, showing the large deployable mesh antenna, solar panels and radar electronics attached to the spacecraft. The mission is a partnership between NASA and the Indian Space Research Organization. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Mission Summary

Using advanced radar imaging that will provide an unprecedented, detailed view of Earth, the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar, or NISAR, satellite is designed to observe and take measurements of some of the planet's most complex processes, including ecosystem disturbances, ice-sheet collapse, and natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and landslides.

Data collected from NISAR will reveal information about the evolution and state of Earth's crust, help scientists better understand our planet's processes and changing climate, and aid future resource and hazard management. The mission is a partnership between NASA and the Indian Space Research Organization.

Scientific Instrument(s)

- L-band (24-centimeter wavelength) Polarimetric Synthetic Aperture Radar
- S-band (12-centimeter wavelength) Polarimetric Synthetic Aperture Radar


Acronym: NISAR
 
Type: Orbiter
 
Status: Future
 
Launch Date: 2020
 
Target: Earth