Kautilya Academy 11-12-2019
India's Most 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).
The 628 kg Earth observation satellite is set to be positioned at an orbit of 576km altitude.
Last month ISRO launched CARTOSAT 3 satellite on November 27which was a third-generation satellite having high-resolution imaging capability.
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.