PM Modi proposes G20 satellite for env, climate observation

NEW DELHI: Buoyed by the recent success of India’s historic


landing on the lunar south pole, PM Narendra Modi, at the

G20 Summit

on Saturday, proposed to launch a G20 satellite mission for environment and climate observation, with an aim to help the countries of the Global South. The PM made the suggestion for the satellite programme in the presence of world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, UK PM Rishi Sunak and South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa.
“You are all familiar with the success of India’s Moon Mission, Chandrayaan. The data obtained from it will be beneficial for all of humanity. With the same spirit, India is proposing the launch of the ‘G20 Satellite Mission for Environment and Climate Observation’,”

PM Modi

said in his G20 Summit Session 1 remark as released by the ministry of external affairs.
“The climate and weather data obtained from this will be shared with all the countries, especially the countries of the Global South. India invites all G-20 countries to join this initiative,” he said.
India had earlier launched a satellite for the benefit of the Saarc countries, popularly called Saarc Satellite, in 2017 as a part of its ‘neighbourhood first policy’ to provide crucial information on tele-medicine, tele-education, banking and television broadcasting opportunities to its South Asian neighbours.

India has also been working with the US on the world’s most sophisticated dual-band NASA-ISRO satellite (NISAR), which once launched next year, will map the entire globe in 12 days and provide spatially and temporally consistent data for understanding changes in the Earth’s ecosystems, ice mass, vegetation biomass, sea level rise, ground water and natural hazards including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and landslides.

A day earlier, Modi and Biden on the sidelines of the G20 summit, decided to carry forward their discussion on space cooperation in June this year, when PM Modi went to the US on a state visit, and committed to work together on human space flight missions, protecting space assets from foreign objects and mounting a joint effort to take astronauts to the International Space Station in 2024. “Isro and Nasa have commenced discussions on modalities, capacity building, and training for mounting a joint effort to the ISS in 2024, and are continuing efforts to finalise a strategic framework for human space flight cooperation by the end of 2023. India and the US also intend to increase coordination on planetary defence to protect planet Earth and space assets from the impact of asteroids and near-Earth objects…,” the joint statement said.

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