EYE IN THE SKY… ISRO successfully launches spy satellite to keep track of threats from neighbours

CHENNAI: Indian Space agency ISRO successfully launched its radar imaging satellite into the orbit, part of a highly potent reconnaissance series, at 3.25pm as scheduled. This launch will bolster the nation’s capacity to monitor the threat perceptions along the border regions and beyond. It will also help in disaster management in critical situations, mapping of forest cover and in agricultural operations.
The PSLV C-48 launched from the Sriharikota launch pad was the 50th in the PSLV series, and the 75th launch mission from Sriharikota.

The Space agency simultaneously placed into orbit nine commercial satellites from other countries including the US and Israel, and all the launches were a success, ISRO said in a release. It said RISAT 2BR1 weighed 628kg and would orbit the Earth at an aerial distance of 576km above the ground.

ISRO chief K Sivan received a congratulatory message from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and he said more such launches would be lined up soon. Sivan thanked his team of scientists and technocrats at ISRO for the success of the mission. IHN-NN

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