The country’s first exclusive meteorology satellite – Metsat is now in its final stage of testing and would be launched in August, the Secretary, Department of Space, and the Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation, Dr K. Kasturirangan, said.
The satellite to be launched by the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will carry a very high resolution radiometer and a data relay transponder to provide meteorological data.
The Metsat will mark a departure from the multipurpose INSAT satellites as the meteorological services are being separated.
It is one of the series of major launches planned by the Indian Space Department. Stating this, Dr Kasturirangan announced that the launch of the next INSAT 3A was slated for September-October.
In 2003, ResourceSat, which would be a continuation of the Indian Remote Sensing Satellite (IRS1-C &D), with a five-metre resolution and multi-spectral camera and improved coverage would be launched, Dr Kasturirangan.
The satellite was in its final stages of readiness and would substantially boost the country’s capability to scan the earth’s resources, he said.
To increase the application of the range of satellites, one of the projects proposed to the Rural Development Ministry recently was for rural connectivity like roads and other infrastructure development. Another project was for providing healthcare facilities through telemedicine, he said.