After China opened its ground station at the North Pole two years ago, the Indian Space Research Organisation plans to set up its first fully owned overseas satellite ground station in the region.

This would not only bolster the Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) operations that are crucial not just for civilian needs like disaster management but also for the armed forces, a report from the Times of India said.

Isro has a full-fledged IRS programme with a constellation of earth observation satellites, with the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad accountable for data acquisition and processing, data dissemination, aerial remote sensing and decision support for disaster management.

“So far as the station at North Pole goes, Isro is serious about it. But the plan will take some time to materialise as it involves huge logistical challenges, international approvals and co-operation. But we will surely have it,” one scientist told the TOI.



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