Remote Sensing Data Policy

  • For operating a remote sensing satellite from India, license and/or permission of the Government, through the nodal agency, will be necessary. As a national commitment and as a “public good”, Government assures a continuous/improving observing/imaging capability from its own Indian Remote Sensing Satellites (IRS) programme.The Government of India, through the nodal agency, will be the sole and exclusive owner of all data collected/received from IRS. All users will be provided with only a license to use the said data and add value to the satellite data.Government reserves right to impose control over imaging tasks and distribution of data from IRS or any other Indian remote sensing satellite when it is of the opinion that national security and/or international obligations and/or foreign policies of the Government so require.
  • For acquisition/distribution of remote sensing data within India, license/permission from the Government of India, through the nodal agency, will be necessary.
  • Government reserves the right to select and permit agencies to acquire/distribute satellite remote sensing data in India. DOS shall be competent to decide about the procedure for granting license/permission for dissemination of such data and for the levy of necessary fees.
  • To cater to the developmental needs of the country, the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)/DOS is vested with the authority to acquire and disseminate all satellite remote sensing data in India, both from Indian and foreign satellites.
  • NRSC shall enter into appropriate arrangements with DOS for acquiring/distributing data from IRS within the visibility circle of NRSC receiving station(s). NRSC and/ or Antrix Corporation Ltd., shall be competent to enter into agreements with foreign satellite operator(s) for acquisition/distribution of foreign satellite data in India. However, NRSC will distribute the data as per terms agreed to with Antrix Corporation Ltd. NRSC shall maintain a systematic National Remote Sensing Data Archive and a log of all acquisitions/sales of data for all satellites. For acquisition and distribution of IRS data for use in countries other than India, the Government of India, through the nodal agency, shall grant license to such bodies/agencies of those countries as are interested in the acquisition/distribution of IRS data, as per specific procedures.
  • The Antrix Corporation Limited (of DOS) is vested with the authority for receiving the applications for grant of license for acquisition/distribution of IRS data outside of India; to consider and decide about the grant of license within the policy considerations of the Government and to enter into licensing agreements with the prospective users on behalf of the Government. Antrix Corporation Ltd. shall also be competent to levy such fees for granting licenses as may be considered appropriate by it. It shall also be responsible, where necessary, for rendering any further help/guidance needed by the license
  •  The Government reserves right to impose restrictions over imaging tasks and distribution of IRS data in any country when it is of the opinion that national security and/or international obligations and/or foreign policies of the Government so require.
  • The Government prescribes the following guidelines to be adopted for dissemination of satellite remote sensing data in India:
  • All data of resolutions up to 1 m shall be distributed on a nondiscriminatory basis and on “as requested basis”
  • With a view to protect national security interests, all data of better than 1 m resolution shall be screened and cleared by the appropriate agency prior to distribution; and the following procedure shall be followed:
  • Government users namely, Ministries/ Departments/ Public Sector/ Autonomous Bodies/ Government R&D institutions/ Government Educational/ Academic Institutions, can obtain the data without any further clearance.
  • Private sector agencies, recommended at least by one Government agency, for supporting development activities, can obtain the data without any further clearance.
  • Other private, foreign and other users, including web based service providers, can obtain the data after further clearance from an inter-agency High Resolution Image Clearance Committee (HRC), already in place.
  • Specific requests for data of sensitive areas, by any user, can be distributed only after obtaining clearance from HRC. Specific sale/ non-disclosure agreements to be concluded between NRSC and other users for data of better than 1 m resolution.
  • This policy (RSDP-2011) comes into effect immediately and may be reviewed from time-to-time by the Government

Remote Sensing Data Policy