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ISRO To Develop Radar Imaging Satellite System

Bangalore, India (SPX) Oct 07, 2005
Indian Satellite Research Organisation (ISRO) is currently working on developing a Radar Imaging Satellite, an all weather capability satellite, by 2007, its Chairman G Madhavan Nair said Thursday.

Inaugurating the telemedicine system of the Indian Air Force (IAF) at the Command Hospital here, he said the new satellite was aimed at overcoming the difficulties faced in getting clear satellite imageries of the earth in cloudy weather conditions. The system would largely benefit the farming community.

Mr Nair, who spoke about the immense scope of applicability of the technology in health, rural education and other fields, said ISRO had signed an MoU with the Karnataka Government to introduce telemedicine connectivity to link all district hospitals.

The State Government, in association with ISRO, had brought 885 primary schools in Chamarajnagar district under the Edusat distant education programme. This would now be extended to 800 schools in Gulbarga district, he added.

Air Marshal P Bandopadyaya, Director General of Medical Services, IAF, said the development and implementation of IAF Telemedicine System had been planned in two phases. With the inauguration of the first phase today, two Zonal Air Force Hospitals at Jorhat in Assam and Halwara in Punjab had been established.

After the successful implementation of first phase, the remaining nine IAF hospitals and about 30 peripheral medical centres would be brought under the IAF telemedicine grid for the benefit of the entire air force population throughout the country, she added.

The feasibility of connecting IAF hospitals with major civil hospitals/medical research institutes across the world would be explored in the future, she said.

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