ISRO develops MOTR with indigenous technology
ISRO develops MOTR with indigenous technology. Now, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) can rely on its own capability for tracking multi objects of space debris that pose danger during trajectory of satellite vehicles.
The invention of Multi Object Tracking Radar (MOTR) has proved to be a major leap for India in achieving self-reliance and state-of-the-art design for effective space debris tracking with totally indigenous technology, which was developed and built by the scientists of Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.
Now, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) can rely on its own capability for tracking multi objects of space debris that pose danger during trajectory of satellite vehicles.
The Satish Dhawan Space Centre of Sriharikota has been using six ground-based single object tracking radars with electro mechanical servo driven scanning antenna type for its operations and now the MOTR would be unique with single beam multiple target tracking of around 10 objects at a time even in a distance of 1,000 km.
Since space debris tracking in Low Earth Orbit (160kms-2,000kms) turned out to be an important prerequisite for safe operations and protection of space assets, space situation awareness has been playing a key role. As part of colliding avoidance measures ISRO took up the project with Rs 245 crore with its own technology setting a live example for ‘Make in India’.
“The MOTR is the first-of-its-kind radar in the country which has used indigenous technology and instruments. We have completed the project and going for tracking trails probably would be in connection with launching of PSLV C-28 by June 25. India would become one among the countries that are currently having MOTR systems across the globe,” said centre director Dr MYS Prasad.
In fact, ISRO has utilised technology from the USA, Canada, Israel, and Japan and 18.60 m diameter Radome was obtained from Antennas for Communications, USA, since duration for making of the equipment takes at least 4-5 years in India.
All other material has been designed and developed in the country itself. The MOTR would also be used for weather forecasting in meteorology, airport operations for arrival and departure of aircrafts, and also for surveillance mechanism in defence.