DRDO Sets R&D Centre,Preserving Endangered Species at World’s highest Terrestrial Point
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) established the world’s highest terrestrial Research and Development centre at 17,600 feet above sea level at Changla near Pengong lake in Ladakh.The centre will not just help in research and development in several areas,but will also help other labs in testing different products or different species at high altitudes.
The centre will also serve as a natural cold storage for preserving rare and endangered medical plants species for generations to come which is quite a big step in R&D.
The Centre at World’s highest Terrestrial point was inaugurated by Director General of DRDO Dr S Christopher.The centre will also act as an vital utility for research work in frontal areas of foog and agriculture and bio-medical sciences for well being of the soldiers deployed in high altitude cold desert in the areas of Ladakh and more.
The centre is situated at a distance of 75 km from Leh town, towards Pangong Lake.
Besides the extreme climatic conditions as temperature at Ladakh goes as low as -40 degrees Celsius during winter months and conditions become harsher with reduced atmospheric pressure the Research and Development centre inaugurated at World’s highest Terrestrial point will expected to undertake large number of Life Sciences activities which includes:
- Several life sciences activities like physiological work,long term conservation of plant genetic resources.
- Designing ,testing and demonstration of mobile and portable greenhouses will be undertaken at this centre.
- The centre can allow the other labs to test different materials and check their performance at high altitude.
- Testing of different materials includes testing of batteries,testing of fuel cells,testing of UAV’s micro engines how they perform or how the high altitude effect on their performance and much more.
- Studies related to minimally processed fresh food will also be undertaken here.
- A large number of other Life Sciences activities are also proposed to be undertaken at this centre.
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