News & CommentRemote Sensing

India Struggles to Handle an Embarrassment of Riches

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Science  26 Jul 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5274, pp. 425
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5274.425

Summary

New Delhi—A number of high-volume users have begun to complain quietly that India's network of remote sensing satellites—an international technological jewel—is too slow, expensive, and cumbersome to serve their needs. They say its full potential for helping public officials and private organizations keep tabs on everything from schools of fish to soil erosion cannot be realized unless the government eases obstacles—including military restrictions—to the data's availability and concentrates on making the system more user-friendly.