Space technology will be application-driven, says NSRC Director For the next few years the vision and plan of ISRO is going to be socio-economic security which will be one of the pillars and the entire space technology would be application-driven not technology-driven, Y.V.N. Krishna Murthy, Director of National Remote Sensing Centre (NSRC) of ISRO, has said. Giving an example, he said while Rs. 38,000 crore was given under MNREGA last year, based on Geo MNREGA on Bhuavan software application in the last two months alone Rs. 8000 crore was released. The government wanted to invest in the right place and at the right time so that the money was meaningfully spent getting people in the system of economy and in the circle of geospatial technology, he said.
Dr Krishna Murthy was addressing a three-day international conference on “Remote sensing for disaster management,” organised by the Department of Geo-Engineering of AndhraUniversity. NISAR, the dual frequency synthetic aperture satellite being developed by ISRO and NASA, using large wavelength and radar imaging would penetrate soil moisture better, he said. Dr. Krishna Murthy, an alumnus of AU, said more people died due to drought though the figures were diffused than in flood or other disasters. During the last two years, rain shadow areas in the country were severely impacted due to drought.
The images from Cartosat series, were one of the best in the world with 1:2000 scale information and Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu also wanted to know how best it could be used to benefit agriculture and farming, Dr. Krishna Murthy said. He is of the view that using available data and organising rainfall in rain-fed areas inland fisheries could be taken up in a big way as third livelihood and 3500 tonnes could be produced in every district with big potential for post-harvesting industry.