Space Research and Remote Sensing Organization
|Headquarters||Agargaon, Sher-e-Bangla Nogor, Dhaka, Bangladesh|
The Bangladesh Space Research and Remote Sensing Organization (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ মহাকাশ গবেষণা ও দূর অনুধাবন কেন্দ্র Bangladesh môhakash gôbeshôna o dur ônudhabôn kendrô), or SPARRSO, is a state agency concerned with astronomical research and the application of space technology in Bangladesh. Sparrso works closely with JAXA, NASA and the ESA in environmental and meteorological research. Using Japanese and American satellites, SPARRSO monitors agro-climatic conditions and water resources in Bangladesh.
Space Technology applications in Bangladesh started in 1968 through the establishment of APT ground station in the then Atomic Energy Centre. This station was put under SARC of the BAEC In 1972. Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS) Programme was taken up in Bangladesh with the advent of American ERTS and it was renamed as (BLP) Bangladesh Landsat Programme with the renaming of the programme by NASA. SPARRSO was stablished in 1980 by merging SARC and BLP. The National Assembly passed an act in 1991 creating this organization.
SPARRSO is a multisectoral research and development agency of the Government of Bangladesh under the Ministry of Defence. It is functioning as an autonomous organization.
SPARRSO is being entrusted with space and remote sensing technology to survey the natural resources and monitor the environment and Natural hazards in Bangladesh. It also operates and maintains satellite ground receiving stations including data collection platforms and develop instrumentation facilities and manpower capabilities for both visual and computer analyses of satellite and airborne data for application in various sectors of national economy, and also acts as the focal point for space and remote sensing activities in the country and to provide the government with relevant information in formulating national, regional and international policy concerning space science and remote sensing technology and their application in sustainable development.
SPARRSO has a total manpower of 190 including scientists and other technical and non-technical personnel. It has technical capabilities, trained manpower and allied facilities for receiving, processing, analyzing, archiving and utilizing aerial photographs and satellite images.1
SPARRSO conducts research works on various aspects of geo-disciplinary subject areas of RS-GIS technologies. The research items include technological development on RS-GIS algorithms aims at better techniques for geoinformation retrieval along with effective approaches towards fruitful application of such technology.2