ISRO Designs New Sophisticated Radar

Published: 16th May 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2015 06:00 AM   |  A+A-

NELLORE: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has crossed another milestone in space technology with the development of highly sophisticated technology in Radar system called Multi Object Tracking Radar (MOTR) which can track minute objects located 1,000 km away in space.

Dr M Y S Prasad, ISRO director, who is chief designer and technical guide in designing the MOTR, briefed mediapersons through powerpoint presentation on the specialities of MOTR at Satish Dhavan Space Centre (SDSC) on Friday.

According to him, MOTR is likely to be used in the coming months during rocket launchings. This type of technology is currently available in the US, Japan, Israel and Canada and the ISRO designed MOTR with indigenous technology.

The MOTR is designed to have a maximum peak power of 920 KW with 4,608 radiating antenna elements. The total cost of the project is `240 crore. The MOTR technology will be useful for defence and aeroplanes.

However  SDSC is at present using six radars during the launching of rockets and MOTR is a special one with capacity to track objects 1,000 km away in space, he said.

Earlier SHAR was equipped with ground based radars tracking the launch vehicles for range safety operations and trajectory computations. The existing radars are electro mechanical servo driven scanning antenna type. The present ground based radars at SDSC are operating S-Band and C-Band frequencies and all these radars are single object tracking radars.


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