Kautilya Academy 11-12-2019
Capable Surveillance Satellite RISAT-2BR1
This was PSLV’s fiftieth mission. With
RISAT-2BR1, PSLV is also carrying nine other commercial foreign satellites from
countries such as the US, Italy, Japan and Israel under a commercial contract
with New Space India Limited (NSIL).
kg Earth observation satellite is set to be positioned at an orbit of 576km
Last month ISRO launched CARTOSAT 3 satellite on
November 27which was a third-generation satellite having high-resolution
This was OSRO’s second launch after
Chandrayaan 2 in July. CARTOSAT 3 carried along 13 other commercial
nano-satellites from the US into Sun Synchronous orbit.
This mission was ISRO’s 75th launch mission
that will take place from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
The satellite gives India the
capability to accurately identify two objects
separated by just 35 cm. According to sources in the military, if India had
this capability during its air-strike on a terrorist training camp in
Pakistan's Balakot in February this year, the government would not have had to
rely on foreign partners to provide military-grade satellite images of the
mission's outcome, none of which have been released in public.