India Space Research Organisation has successfully launched RISAT-2B spy satellite. This Satellite will enhance the surveillance capability across country. It will help reduce the terrorist activity by keeping a close eye on borders and will help predict the best measures for agriculture, forestry and natural disaster.
Know some key features of RISAT-2B:
1. The RISAT-2B imaging satellite has been sent into space by the Indian Space Research Organisation using an indigenously made Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C46. Interestingly, this isn’t the first time the launch vehicle has been used by ISRO for a space mission and is, in fact, the PSLV’s 48th mission.
2. RISAT-2B satellite weighs as much as 615 kg and was carried into space by the launch vehicle which took off at 5.30am from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. The new satellite will replace the older RISAT-2, which was successfully launched in 2009.
3. Much like the previous satellites in the series, the RISAT-2B is an imaging satellite and is expected to greatly enhance the surveillance capabilities of India from space. However, the satellite once set in its orbit and functional in space will be used by various agencies not only for tracking terrorists but to also help with agriculture, forestry and disaster management support.
4. The RISAT-2B is equipped with a synthetic aperture radar that can take pictures of the earth during day and night, and also under cloudy conditions. With a mission life of five years, the satellite would also be used for military surveillance.
5. The PSLV-C46 launch mission is the 72nd one to take off from Sriharikota and also marks the 36th launch from the first launch pad. The current launch of the PSLV also marks the third launch by ISRO in 2019.