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Satellite Imaging: Long Sight

Satellite Imaging: Long Sight

ISRO is not your average space cowboy, dabbling in arcana. With its technological edge, it's making forays into newer domains of application—and the ultimate orbit of world markets, with a 20% share.

Satellite Imaging: Long Sight Satellite Imaging: Long Sight

At first glance, they are fuzzy imitations of a landscape: spiky contours of red and grey tapering into coarse patches of black, white grains scattered around crisscrossing brown bands like those on a palm. Images composed of such mosaic oddments, however, brim with information and have helped the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) strike gold across the world and carve a swathe in the $1-billion satellite images market.

Originally meant to help India plan how to utilise its natural resources, ISRO's galaxy of remote-sensing satellites—six in orbit now—have helped it grab as much as 20 per cent of the global market! The images are marketed from nine international ground stations (IGS) through Space Imaging of the US. Three other stations will begin acquisition in early 2002. A new company, Euromap, has been set up in Munich, to market Indian satellite images in Europe.

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