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ISRO deploys satellites to trace missing minister

India: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) deployed three satellites, Kalpana-1, Resourcesat-1 and Resourcesat-2, to search for the missing chopper of Dorjee Khandu, Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh, India.

According to ISRO’s press statement:
– Kalpana-1 satellite images, captured on 30-April-2011 during 07:00 hrs to 12:00 hrs IST, is available at
– Kalpana-1 satellite images, captured on 01-May-2011 during 07:00 hrs to 11:00 hrs IST during Resourcesat-1/2 over pass, can be viewed at
– Resourcesat-1 & Resourcesat-2 satellite images of May 01, 2011 is available at
– Resourcesat-1 AWiFS image of March 19, 2010 showing area between Tawang and Itanagar, is available at
– Terrain visualisation between Tawang and Itanagar using Bhuvan data is available at

Meanwhile, the search operation is being conducted under the supervision of the commander of the Army 4 Corp. About 30 army columns, besides paramilitaries are conducting the search operations on the Indian side. They are being backed by the Indian Air Force, which has already conducted two sorties in the area where the missing chopper is said to have gone down.

Bhutanese forces are moving to the east of the country to meet up with their Indian counterparts and join in the search operation. Over one thousand villagers living along the Arunachal Pradesh-Bhutan border fanned out early on Sunday morning in search of a missing helicopter carrying the Chief Minister and four other people. Two MI-17 helicopters have also been deployed for the search operations.
Teams of the Indian Air Force (IAF) have resumed search operations on Sunday morning to locate the missing Pawan Hans AS350 B-3 helicopter. The copter lost communication with the ground after it flew past the Sela Pass along the Chinese border about 20 to 25 minutes later.

Source: NRSC & Yahoo