Director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory meets Chairman, ISRO

Dr. Laurie Leshin, Director of Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), USA visited ISRO Headquarters on November 15, 2023 and had a meeting with Shri Somanath S, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) / Secretary, Department of Space (DOS).

Further, Dr. Laurie Leshin expressed happiness over the joint efforts of Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and ISRO officials working together as a single team at ISRO’s U R Rao Satellite Centre (URSC) in realising ‘NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR).

Besides, NISAR’s readiness for launch and potential opportunities for future cooperation including professional exchange in technical areas and space exploration were also discussed.

About ISRO

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is the space agency of India, having its headquarters in Bengaluru.

The organisation is involved in science, engineering and technology to harvest the benefits of outer space for India and the mankind.

Notably, ISRO is a major constituent of the Department of Space (DOS), Government of India.

The department executes the Indian Space Programme primarily through various Centres or units within ISRO.

The prime objective of ISRO/DOS is the development and application of space technology for various national needs.

To fulfil this objective, ISRO has established major space systemsfor communication, television broadcasting and meteorological services; resources monitoring and management; space-based navigation services.

Noteworthy, ISRO has developed satellite launch vehicles, PSLV and GSLV, to place the satellites in the required orbits.

Alongside its technological advancement, ISRO contributes to science and science education in the country.