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India successfully launches RS satellite

Sriharikota, India: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today launched the latest remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2 along with two nano satellites, Youthsat and X-Sat, announced K Radhakrishnan, Chairman, ISRO.

According to ISRO officials, Resourcesat-2 would help in catering to the national and global data needs to address multiple aspects of resource inventory and monitoring in specific areas of applications including agriculture, water resources, rural development, bio-resources and geological exploration.

Resourcesat-2 weighs 1,206 kg. Its space life is five years. It has replaced Resourcesat-1 which was launched in 2003. The latest remote sensing satellite will provide data with enhanced multispectral and spatial coverage on natural resources. About the launch of two other satellites, Radhakrishnan said the launch of two foreign satellites showed that the PSLV’s reliability had been recognised internationally.

Youthsat, weighing 92 kg, is a joint Indo-Russian nanosatellite for stellar and atmospheric studies. 106-kg X-Sat is an image applications spacecraft built by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. This is the first time ISRO is launching a Singapore-built satellite.

“It is a glad moment for the entire ISRO community. ISRO has proved its mettle and the mission performed exceedingly well. It is a reassurance to the nation that the confidence in ISRO is fully justified,” Mission Director P Kunhikrishnan said.

Source: NDTV