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India's Earth-Observing System Comes Under Fire

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Science  27 May 2011:
Vol. 332, Issue 6033, pp. 1023
DOI: 10.1126/science.332.6033.1023

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India's space officials are facing probing questions about why satellites of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) were of no use in locating a recent air crash. ISRO was already under fire for the alleged inefficiency of its 10-satellite Earth-observing system, one of the world's largest. Critics say that it is expensive, poorly managed, and saddled with security restrictions that stifle its use by researchers and companies.