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RISAT-1 capable of imaging without sunlight

Last Updated: Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 15:55

New Delhi: Indigenously built RISAT-1 satellite launched on April 26 is capable of imaging even without sunlight and could penetrate through clouds, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.
The Radar Imaging Satellite (RISAT-1) has cloud penetrating capability and also can image during day and night as well as all weather conditions, Minister of State in the Prime Minister`s Office V Narayanasamy said during Question Hour.

"This facilitates cloud penetration and imaging even without sunlight," he said adding for RISAT-1, imaging sessions around both 6 am and 6 pm are chosen.

The country`s first indigenously designed microwave imaging satellite RISAT-1 was launched by Indian Space Research Organisation onboard India`s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV C-19 from Sriharikota.

The perfect launch of the satellite catapulted India into a select band of countries having indigenous radar imaging technology.

Lauding India scientists for the launch, Narayanasamy said they are "second to no one in the world".


First Published: Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 15:45
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