North-Eastern Space Applications Centre


North-Eastern Space Applications Centre
Agency overview
Formed5 September 2000; 20 years ago (2000-09-05)
TypeSpace agency
HeadquartersUmiam, Meghalaya, India
MottoSpace technology in the service of human kind.
AdministratorP.L.N. Raju, Director

North-Eastern Space Applications Centre is a regional space centre established in September, 2000 by joint initiative of Department of space, Government of India and North Eastern Council to expedite the usage of remote sensing technology to discover natural minerals uncovered in the North-Eastern states of India and to promote overall growth of North Eastern states of India using space science and technology.[1]


North-Eastern Space Applications Centre was set up with a joint initiative of DOS and NEC in September, 2000 at Shillong in Meghalaya, India. The centre has been declared a protected area by the state government.[2]


The objective of NESAC is to search and utilize the natural resources present in the region using remote sensing, provide the North-Eastern states access to satellite services, and promote research in the space technology in the region by tying up with the academic institutions in the region.[3][4]


The centre presently focuses on Remote sensing and Geographic information systems, a satellite communication programme and space science research programmes


The centre is equipped with modern GIS software like Erdas, Geomatica, eCognition, ESRI ArcGIS, and the like. Its equipment includes:

  • Digital Photogrammetry Work Stations
  • A0 size Colour Scanner
  • High Quality printers and plotters
  • Leica Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS)
  • Visual Interpretation facilities
  • Spectroradiometer
  • UV-Visible Spectro-photometer, Flame Photometer
  • Echo-Sounder
  • Plant Canopy Imager[5]


It has undertaken projects on the land mapping of North-Eastern States on 1:50,000 scale, and wasteland and wetland monitoring. It developed the FLEWS or Flood Early Warning System for the areas which are likely to be the worst affected by floods.[6] It also developed touch input-based information kiosks to provide information about the state of Meghalaya.[7][8]


The funding for the centre is divided in 50:50 ratio between Government of India and North-Eastern council. The centre has been allocated a budget of Rs. 8 crore for the financial year 2012–13 by the central government.[9]


  1. ^ "North East Space Applications Centre". SP News Agency. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Meghalaya Government Declares North Eastern Space Application Centre Permanent Complex, Umiam As 'Protected Area'". US Fed News Service – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Archived from the original on 1 March 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Establishment of North Eastern Space Application Centre (NE-SAC)". North-Eastern Council. Archived from the original on 10 April 2009. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Ushering In Ne Development Through Space Technology". Hindustan Times – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Archived from the original on 9 April 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  5. ^ "RS & GIS Facilities at NESAC". Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  6. ^ "North Eastern-Space Applications Centre (NE-SAC)". Archived from the original on 21 January 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  7. ^ "DoNER Minister launches Space Based Information Kiosk on North Eastern Region, India". Kangla Online. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  8. ^ "Mizoram Remote Sensing Application Centre oganises workshop on SIS-DP". Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  9. ^ "North East Space Applications Centre". Press Information Bureau. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2013.

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