World's Highest Terrestrial Research Centre
World’s Highest Terrestrial Research Centre

India Set up World’s highest Terrestrial research Centre: The World’s Highest Terrestrial Research Centre has been inaugurated by Defence research and development organization (DRDO) at Changla near Pengong Lake in ladakh. The centre is located at 17,600 feet above mean sea level. It is an extreme altitude Research Centre. It was inaugurated by Director General of DRDO Dr. S Christopher.

Key highlights: World’s Highest Terrestrial Research Centre

  • The World’s Highest Terrestrial Research Centre will avail unique opportunity to other branches and labs of DRDO. This has been done to evaluate and test electronics and communications devices.
  • Defence institute of high Altitude research (DIHAR) is the nodal agency which established this centre. Leh based DIHAR is among one of the 52 laboratories of DRDO.
  • The established institute will also perform research and development work in areas of food, agriculture and bio medical sciences.
  • It will also serve as testing ground of different materials for applications which are on high altitude. These applications include UAV’s micro engines, batteries and fuel cells, high altitudes clothing’s etc.
  • Apart from these works, large number of life science activities will be undertaken in naturally occurring cold condition.

Knowledge booster: World’s Highest Terrestrial Research Centre

Ladakh: Ladakh is currently facing extreme climate condition. Temperature goes as low as -40 degree Celsius. It is quite difficult to survive in such weather condition. A decision has taken by government to perform research work for well being of soldiers.

DRDO: DRDO works under department of defence research and development of ministry of defense. It was established in 1958. The Headquarter of DRDO is situated in Delhi. Defense minister is Manohar Parrikar.

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