The effect of COVID-19 on NISAR could trigger a seven-month delay and cost millions more.

NASA and ISRO are working on the creation of NISAR. It a satellite that can track very small surface changes. The satellite will launch into a near-polar orbit very soon.  

It will launch from India's Satish Dhawan Space Center. And it will survey the globe every 12 days for the duration of its three-year journey. Therefore imaging the earth's surface, ice sheets, and sea ice provides an "unprecedented" view of the world.

NASA-ISRO joint radar satellite could face a seven-month delay and cost $36 million more bearing the impact of COVID-19

The quality images will track local boost and regional patterns. They can use this data to work out and solve the growing issue of global warming.

ISRO and NASA have announced a seven-month break in their mission. And this is to obtain the first-ever high-quality photos of the earth. ISRO's GSLV Mark-II launch was planned to launch in January 2023. 

The expense of the NISAR project has risen by $10.4 million by 2020. and this is as per NASA's most recent audit of its budget and covid effect. If the threat grows, the program's cost may rise by $36 million. NISAR is one of NASA's most vital programs. 

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As per NASA's audit, a small number of plans become weal. Few carried out at a slow pace due to poor access to facilities. And a large number of activities were effectively halted. And NASA closed 12 of its 18 main facilities. 

According to NASA, all operations involving NISAR  came to a halt in mid-March 2020. Later that month, limited operations based on the project's hardware restarted. The remaining hardware operations did not restart at full pace until early June 2020.

Domestic and foreign partners have caused delays in the project. In March 2020, for example, Boeing's production operation endured a two-month delay. Due to COVID-19 exposure, it got delayed by another five weeks in August 2020. Teams working on the NISAR project at NASA's JPL were operating at near-normal levels.

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