The department of space has said it will sign an MoU with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to provide scientific parameters for construction of airports. Under the agreement, DoS will provide data on the landscape around the airports. The DoS will also sign an MoU with postal department to provide space technology helpful in tracking the parcel movements. Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh confirmed the development saying Isro will provide scientific parameters for construction of airports. The space technology will help make flight operations safer and provide optimum utilisation of land, he added.
In the aviation sector, the minister said, use of space technology is being roped in on pilot basis at Hyderabad and Port Blair airports. Based on experience of these pilot projects, the space technology will be utilised across 42 airports in future.
He said Isro will take postal service in India to a new level, thus enabling the recipient to track the parcel and also decide the delivery time.
Singh said in the last two years the DoS has started contributing towards various applications other than launching satellites.
These applications are huge and multi-faceted, he added.
The DoS has already signed an MoU with Ministry of Urban Development where the space technology will be used in projects like smart cities and housing.
The MoU signed with Ministry of Railways will help in construction of railway tracks and managing the railway crossings. Space technology will also be helpful in agriculture sector in the areas of crop damage assessment, soil health, blue revolution and irrigation etc. He said space technology is also useful in disaster management.
Isro informed the last satellite of the IRNSS series will be launched on April 28, 2016 which will complete the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, that will provide navigation facility in and around India.