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No. Mission is singla use mission besides NISAR. Said to be most powerful SAR in region i am sure it can be used to detect Chinese himalyan buildup in precision besides detection of Antarctica ice shelfs😃😃😃 nobody waste such a high value instrument
NISAR uses L&S-band SAR...hence,it has low resolution compared to X-band SAR of RISAT-2B series, hence it will have less military use
 

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Amarican intelligence company award india. Startup pixxel for hyperspectral data contract for Reconnaissance purpose
I wonder why our own NTRO DON'T use them

National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Awards Pixxel with 5-year Hyperspectral Data Contract
Pixxel will equip the NRO Commercial Systems Program Office (CSPO) with hyperspectral imagery remote sensing capabilities via modeling and simulation and data evaluation
March 22, 2023 11:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pixxel, a leader in cutting-edge earth-imaging technology, has been awarded a 5-year contract by the NRO Commercial Systems Program Office (CSPO) under the Strategic Commercial Enhancements Broad Agency Announcement for Commercial Hyperspectral Capabilities.
“The entire team here at Pixxel is excited to begin this journey with the NRO”
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Pixxel will provide technical hyperspectral imagery (HSI) remote sensing capabilities via modeling and simulation and data evaluation. Using its currently on-orbit pathfinder systems and future HSI constellations, Pixxel will demonstrate its capabilities through end-to-end tasking, collection, and product dissemination and respond to ad-hoc product ordering and delivery requests from the NRO and its partners.
“The entire team here at Pixxel is excited to begin this journey with the NRO,” said Awais Ahmed, CEO and co-founder of Pixxel. “We are fully committed to this fantastic opportunity to offer our imaging capabilities to the organization, its partners, and the U.S. geospatial intelligence community.”
“We look forward to a collaboration with NRO CSPO and our esteemed partners, Riverside Research, Rochester Institute Technology (RIT) Center for Imaging Science (CIS), and Labsphere to advance this promising new space-based commercial remote sensing technology,” said Pixxel Vice President, Skip Maselli.
Pixxel’s hyperspectral satellites capture images at hundreds of wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum and reveal key data about the health of our planet. Pixxel has seen a landmark year of growth, launching three pathfinder missions into orbit and growing their customer base across agriculture, mining, climate, oil and gas, government, and more. This agreement marks Pixxel’s first publicly announced government customer and aligns with growing public sector interest in climate monitoring tools.
About Pixxel
Pixxel is a space data company building a constellation of the world’s highest-resolution hyperspectral earth imaging satellites and the analytical tools to mine insights from the data. The constellation will aim to provide global coverage every 24 hours and help detect, monitor, and predict global phenomena across agriculture, mining, environment and energy use cases.
Co-founded by then-20-year-olds Awais Ahmed and Kshitij Khandelwal, the space tech startup aims to build a health monitor for the planet by 2024. Pixxel has worked with notable organizations such as the Indian Space Research Organization, NASA JPL, and SpaceX amongst other space stalwarts. The organization is backed by Lightspeed, Radical Ventures, Relativity's Jordan Noone, Seraphim Capital, Ryan Johnson, Blume Ventures, Sparta LLC and Accenture among others. For more information visit www.pixxel.space or follow Pixxel on Twitter and LinkedIn.
About NRO
The NRO develops, acquires, launches, and operates the world’s best intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance satellites to secure and expand America’s advantage in space. We are building a diversified and resilient architecture of spacecraft and ground systems designed to meet the challenges of a changing space environment by accelerating innovation and leveraging strategic partnerships, backed by a diverse and highly skilled workforce. At NRO, we see it, hear it, and sense it so our nation’s warfighters and policymakers have decision advantage amid increasing global competition. Learn more at NRO.gov.
 

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Amarican intelligence company award india. Startup pixxel for hyperspectral data contract for Reconnaissance purpose
I wonder why our own NTRO DON'T use them

National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Awards Pixxel with 5-year Hyperspectral Data Contract
Pixxel will equip the NRO Commercial Systems Program Office (CSPO) with hyperspectral imagery remote sensing capabilities via modeling and simulation and data evaluation
March 22, 2023 11:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pixxel, a leader in cutting-edge earth-imaging technology, has been awarded a 5-year contract by the NRO Commercial Systems Program Office (CSPO) under the Strategic Commercial Enhancements Broad Agency Announcement for Commercial Hyperspectral Capabilities.

Pixxel will provide technical hyperspectral imagery (HSI) remote sensing capabilities via modeling and simulation and data evaluation. Using its currently on-orbit pathfinder systems and future HSI constellations, Pixxel will demonstrate its capabilities through end-to-end tasking, collection, and product dissemination and respond to ad-hoc product ordering and delivery requests from the NRO and its partners.
“The entire team here at Pixxel is excited to begin this journey with the NRO,” said Awais Ahmed, CEO and co-founder of Pixxel. “We are fully committed to this fantastic opportunity to offer our imaging capabilities to the organization, its partners, and the U.S. geospatial intelligence community.”
“We look forward to a collaboration with NRO CSPO and our esteemed partners, Riverside Research, Rochester Institute Technology (RIT) Center for Imaging Science (CIS), and Labsphere to advance this promising new space-based commercial remote sensing technology,” said Pixxel Vice President, Skip Maselli.
Pixxel’s hyperspectral satellites capture images at hundreds of wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum and reveal key data about the health of our planet. Pixxel has seen a landmark year of growth, launching three pathfinder missions into orbit and growing their customer base across agriculture, mining, climate, oil and gas, government, and more. This agreement marks Pixxel’s first publicly announced government customer and aligns with growing public sector interest in climate monitoring tools.
About Pixxel
Pixxel is a space data company building a constellation of the world’s highest-resolution hyperspectral earth imaging satellites and the analytical tools to mine insights from the data. The constellation will aim to provide global coverage every 24 hours and help detect, monitor, and predict global phenomena across agriculture, mining, environment and energy use cases.
Co-founded by then-20-year-olds Awais Ahmed and Kshitij Khandelwal, the space tech startup aims to build a health monitor for the planet by 2024. Pixxel has worked with notable organizations such as the Indian Space Research Organization, NASA JPL, and SpaceX amongst other space stalwarts. The organization is backed by Lightspeed, Radical Ventures, Relativity's Jordan Noone, Seraphim Capital, Ryan Johnson, Blume Ventures, Sparta LLC and Accenture among others. For more information visit www.pixxel.space or follow Pixxel on Twitter and LinkedIn.
About NRO
The NRO develops, acquires, launches, and operates the world’s best intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance satellites to secure and expand America’s advantage in space. We are building a diversified and resilient architecture of spacecraft and ground systems designed to meet the challenges of a changing space environment by accelerating innovation and leveraging strategic partnerships, backed by a diverse and highly skilled workforce. At NRO, we see it, hear it, and sense it so our nation’s warfighters and policymakers have decision advantage amid increasing global competition. Learn more at NRO.gov.
Is India Intelligence agencies have same setup ?
 

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We have sufficient assets in space for military domination but on land we lack like military is avoiding building scientific cader for space data utilisation isro has asked for it civilian sats can be easily used for military purpose given that they can presume their requirements which they fail.
 

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BENGALURU: The four astronaut-elects being trained by Isro to be part of Gaganyaan have completed the first semester training in Bengaluru.
The Gaganyaan mission-specific training commenced in India at the Astronaut Training Facility (ATF) commissioned at Bengaluru after the successful completion of generic space flight training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre (GCTC) in Russia.
The training curriculum and evaluation criteria were finalised for the mission-specific training and include theoretical courses, training on flight systems, aero-medical training and fitness and recovery & survival training aside from practical training on simulators and flight procedures.
Describing the current status of crew training, Isro said the astronauts are being imparted with 218 lectures by 40 faculties, 75 physical training sessions, three study visits, two flying practices (12 hours) and two medical and two course evaluations.

The theoretical courses are on engineering disciplines such as basics of spaceflight, propulsion, aerodynamics, and courses on launch vehicles and spacecraft are being conducted, while physical training, yoga, aero-medical training, and flying practice are also part of the training curriculum.
Further, virtual reality and independent training simulators have been realised for familiarisation with crew module systems, the agency said, adding that courses on Gaganyaan flight systems are being conducted.
Separately, Isro has made considerable progress in meeting the overall requirements of direct-to-ground (D2G) communications support. According to the agency, the detailed mission requirements (DMR) document describing the overall D2G communications support from the European Space Agency (ESA) ground stations has been finalised and the technical implementation plan (TIP) is in progress.
Isro has also firmed up the requirement for ship-borne terminals (SBTs) for the ascent phase and orbit circularisation, while a requirement note on SBT and transportable terminal (TT) requirements for the mission in Ships, Cocos island (Australia) and associated communication equipment including VSAT terminals etc., are generated.
It added that an implementation arrangement between Isro and the Australian Space Agency (ASA) has been signed for establishing and operating the transportable terminal at Cocos Island. “For the project manager in Australia, the RFP (Request for Proposal) was sent to all three parties identified by the Indian High Commission in Australia,” Isro said.
Also, civil construction works for Indian Data Relay Satellite System-1 (IDRSS-1) feeder station has commenced at ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network in Bengaluru.
 

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