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India soon to launch radar satellite RISAT-1

Bangalore, India: Indigenously developed radar satellite RISAT-1, which can take images of the earth in all weather conditions, would be launched anytime after March 15, 2012. In addition, the first regional navigation satellite system is also scheduled for launch in 2012, according to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K Radhakrishnan. He was addressing the media during the sidelines of an event, organised by the Indian Institute of Science.
The 1850 kg RISAT-1, earlier slated for launch last year onboard PSLV-C19, would be a major milestone for the country and a boon for regions perennially under cloud cover. Besides use in the agriculture sector, the RISAT-1 satellite’s all weather capability to take images of the earth could also be used to keep an eye on the country’s borders round-the-clock and to help in anti-terrorist and anti-infiltration operations, he said.
The ground testing for GSLV-Mk III, which can lift four tonne spacecraft, was on and its launch would be finalised by May or June this year, Radhakrishnan added. On the other future launches, he informed that communication satellites GSAT-10 and GSAT-7 are scheduled for launch in 2012.
GSAT-14 onboard indigenously developed Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-D5) was also scheduled for launch this year, the ISRO chief stated.
Karnataka Knowledge Commission Chairman and renowned space scientist Dr K Kasturirangan, in his speech at the event, stressed the need for state governments to take the geographic information (GI) system to district and panchayat levels to improve the process of decision-making.
Source: www.dnaindia.com