Ganga Prize – Bottom-Up Approach to Encouraging Innovation in Applications of Remote Sensing in India

India has a host of large-lucrative-unsolved-problems that can utilize space data as an inherent foundation for technology and business models that provide a host of services in data intelligence and analytics. Remote sensing is one such strong tool for mapping and monitoring the use of Earth from land use and land cover, topography and geology, terrestrial (vegetation) ecosystem, agriculture and forestry, hydrology and climate, oceanography and coastal zone, disaster and natural hazards, resource exploration, development of spatial data infrastructure research, etc. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) operates one of the largest fleet of remote sensing satellites of the world, which provides tremendous scope for scaling the utilisation of the data acquired by these assets.… Click here to read the complete article

Insights on Responsiveness of Space Assets for C4I2SR

Intelligence gathering is the first step in the process of making coordinated strategies for choosing whether or not to act on such information. In the realm of C4I2SR, the value of intelligence gathered in real-time against that of having a multi-stakeholder chain of gathering, processing, and hand-over of intelligence for eventual actions, may immensely affect the outcomes of several case scenarios.

Therefore, with the rapid evolution of technology there is also a case for continuously evaluating the chain of intelligence gathering alongside the decision-making chains against such leapfrogging technology regimes. Overhauling space assets alone cannot deliver value to tactical users. Real value for tactical users lies in overhauling the processes and technologies from the point of decision to building a specific use case to delivering it for the ground user to be able to tap into the asset in the least possible timespan.… Click here to read the complete article

‘From Fishing Hamlet to Red Planet’ – Book Review & Commentary

Recently Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) released ‘From Fishing Hamlet to Red Planet’, a book with an edited compendium collection of 53 articles, interviews and reproductions starting from initiation of the Indian space program to the roadmap to the human spaceflight programme.

The book is probably the first account of publicly available documentation that provides non-ISRO space enthusiasts logical connections to the foundation, structuring and the operation style of ISRO. The articles clearly showcase the aura Dr. Vikram Sarabhai (regarded as the Father of the Space Programme) possessed. He not only laid down a three-decade vision as to what India must do in space but also had the right political, bureaucratic and international connections to fast track much of the ideas.… Click here to read the complete article