RISAT-1 capable of imaging without sunlight
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".