Northrop Grumman‘s Astro Aerospace subsidiary has completed the preliminary design review of a radar antenna reflector technology the businessÂ developedÂ for aÂ joint satellite project between NASA and theÂ Indian Space Research Organization.
Northrop said Tuesday the AstroMeshÂ reflector will be integrated onto the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite that willÂ operate atÂ L-band and S-band frequencies to offer scientistsÂ aÂ detailed view of Earth.
The company added Astro Aerospace is now ready to proceed withÂ the detailed design and fabrication phase of the AstroMesh initiative.
NISAR isÂ designed to observe Earth’s ecosystem distrubances, ice-sheet dynamics and natural hazards such asÂ earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and landslides as well as the planet’s other complex processes.
Northrop noted theÂ satellite, which is scheduled forÂ launch in 2021, will work to help researchers studyÂ theÂ crust and evolution of Earth.
TheÂ NISAR project follows the deployment and spin up of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite in 2015.