India plans to launch 50 AI-based satellite in next five years

After an eventful year when India’s lunar mission Chandryaan 3 reached the moon, the country is now planning to launch 50 satellites, which are based on Artificial Intelligence technology, over the next five years for geo-intelligence gathering.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman S Somanath on Thursday (December 28, 2023) said the initiative will involve deploying a layer of satellites in various orbits and will have the capability to monitor troop movements and capture images of extensive areas.

Speaking at ‘Techfest’, an annual science and technology event organised by the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, the ISRO chief was quoted as saying by Firstpost: “We have already configured 50 satellites to be realised in the next five years and this is going to be launched for India for supporting this particular geo-intelligence over the next five years plus (period).”

“We have found out a way by which a layer of satellites can be launched starting from GEO (geostationary equatorial orbit) to LEO (lower earth orbit) and also very low earth orbit where we need very critical assessment of some situation,” he was quoted as saying by the news portal.

Indian scientists stepped into the paradigm of glory and wrote a golden chapter in the history of the nation which will be studied and draw inspiration to generations ahead on August 23 when the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO)’s third lunar mission, Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft, landed on the South Pole of the Moon.

Interestingly, the South Pole remains an unchartered territory which scientists believe could hold vital reserves of frozen water and precious elements.