India launches spy satellite
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its first all-weather spy spaceport today morning which will vastly improve India’s defence surveillance capabilities helping security agencies keep a watch on the movements on the borders and sea coasts.
The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C12), weighing 230 tonnes, carrying 300-kg Radar Imaging Satellite (RISAT-2) and 40-kg micro educational satellite ANUSAT lifted off from ISRO’s Satish Dhawan space Centre at Sriharikota at 6:45am and placed into 550 km orbit around the earth.
RISAT has all-weather capability to take images of the Earth and would also be mapping and managing natural disasters, such as floods and landslides, in addition to enhancinging defence surveillance capabilities. It would also keep track of ships at sea and also keep an eye on pirate activity.