Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) created history after it successfully launched an earth observation spy satellite RISAT-2B which is capable of clear viewing during the day, night and even in adverse weather conditions and would be used for military surveillance.
RISAT-2B will be a successor to RISAT-2 which was launched in earlier used to monitor activities in terror camps across the border in Pakistan. The spy satellite has a lifespan of five years and would enhance the country’s surveillance capabilities many fold.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan said “This is a very, very important mission for India. It is an excellent satellite with hi-fi earth observation (capabilities),”. ISRO used it’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) to launch the 615 kg RISAT-2B satellite which was launched at 5:30 am from the first launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman appreciated ISRO’s efforts through a tweet “Well done @isro. You make us proud, again and again. They shall be our eyes in the sky above – all weather”
Now with radar enabled satellites at their disposal, Indian armed forces can keep a track activity across its western and Eastern borders. The imagery from the RISAT-2B satellite can be used for civilian purposes like agriculture and disaster relief management apart from the surveillance purposes.
Although, the country has high resolution optical imaging CartoSAT satellites they get blinded due to dense clouds. Moreover their imaging resolution wasn’t so good enough as it wasn’t able to accurately assess the damage made after the IAF strike in Balakot.
ISRO chairman said PSLV-C46 carried two payloads, an indigenously developed processor and a low-cost Inertial Navigation System. He further stated that it is going to revolutionize the future launch vehicle launch missions.
This was the 72nd launch vehicle mission from Sriharikota. The next launch for ISRO is the prestigious Chandrayaan-2 mission slated for a launch between 9th to 16th July 2019 and is considered to be the most complex mission undertaken by ISRO.
ISRO successfully launched spy satellite RISAT-2B
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