President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said several space missions are planned for 2013, including India`s first mission to Mars and the launch of the first navigational satellite.
With the development of SAR imagers and applications, India is increasingly capable of producing satellites that could be used for surveillance and military reconnaissance.
India`s own Radar Imaging Satellite (Risat-1), launched Thursday, has been placed in its final intended orbit, said the country`s space agency said Saturday.
India`s first indigenous all-weather Radar Imaging Satellite (RISAT-1) was today launched successfully on board the PSLV-C19 from Sriharikota in AP.
The countdown for the Thursday early morning launch of a rocket laden with remote sensing satellite Risat-1 has begun in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
ISRO has its rocket port at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh around 80 km from here.
The approved cost of RISAT-1, including its development, is Rs 378 cr, while Rs 120 cr has been spent to build PSLV-C19.
According to ISRO officials, Risat-1 at 1,850 kg is the heaviest microwave satellite to be built by India.
India`s earth observation capabilities are set to get a boost with the launch of RISAT-1 in 2011.
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