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Project NETRA of ISRO

Posted on : 09 Jan 2020

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  • The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has initiated ‘Project NETRA’ to safeguard Indian space assets from debris and other harm.
  • Project NETRA is an early warning system in space to detect debris and other hazards to Indian satellites.
  • The project is estimated to cost ₹400 crores.
  • NETRA’s eventual goal is to capture the GEO, or geostationary orbit, the scene at 36,000 km where communication satellites operate.
  • Under NETRA, or Network for space object Tracking and Analysis, the ISRO plans to put up many observational facilities:
    • connected radars, telescopes
    • data processing units
    • a control centre
  • They can, among others, spot, track and catalogue objects as small as 10 cm, up to a range of 3,400 km and equal to a space orbit of around 2,000 km.
  • Space debris could be floating particles from dead satellites or rocket parts that stay in orbit for many years.
  • Satellite agencies agonise over even a speck of paint or fragment floating towards their spacecraft as it can disable onboard electronics and cripples the satellite worth several hundred crore rupees besides many services that run on it.
  • Agencies constantly look for debris at the time of launch and through the life of a satellite.

Article Related Questions

  1. Consider the following statements regarding Project NETRA
    1.The project has been initiated by ISRO
    2.The project aims at finding Earth like habitable planets in the Goldilocks zone
    Which of the following statement is/are correct?

  2. 1.1 only

    2.2 only

    3.Both 1 and 2

    4.Neither 1 nor 2

    Right Ans : 1 only

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