CUJ ISRO Centre launches Radio-Sonde for atmospheric data collection

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, May 29: The Central University of Jammu has announced the successful launch of its Radio-Sonde from its ISRO Centre.
This launch is a part of MoU between the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), ISRO and CU Jammu. The Radio-Sonde, a crucial tool for atmospheric data collection, was meticulously prepared and launched by a dedicated team of scientists and researchers from the university.
This launch aims to enhance understanding of atmospheric conditions and climate change, contributing valuable data to both national and global meteorological research.
Prof. Sanjeev Jain, Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Jammu was the chief guest of the event and he termed the achievement as the university’s commitment to enhancing innovation and research in space sciences.
“This entire Radio-Sonde system is fully developed indigenously by ISRO under the Make in India vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This initiative not only strengthens our research capabilities but also positions our institution at the forefront of atmospheric studies. This is only the third testing facility of such kind established by ISRO at CUJ,” he added.
Prof Vinay Kumar, Convenor of the Centre, briefed that the Centre will launch balloons bimonthly from the ISRO Centre of CUJ. He highlighted that the centre is launching this weather balloon in the afternoon and this will provide a unique set of data as the convection layer is fully developed by this time. Other centres and institutions are doing this practice only in the morning and evening hours. The balloon will ascend upward at a rate of 5 meters per second up to the maximum height of 40 km.
This event was attended by faculty members, students, and notable guests from the scientific community, all of whom witnessed the launch and celebrated this landmark achievement. The data collected from the Radio-Sonde will be analyzed and utilized for various research projects, ultimately contributing to the broader field of space sciences.

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