Chennai, Dec 3 : After the successful launch of the 1,625 kg Cartosat-3 advanced earth observation satellite and 13 nano satellites from US on November 27, the Indian Space Agency is gearing up for the launch of RISAT-2BR1, an advanced Radar Imaging Satellite from the spaceport of Sriharikota on December 11.
ISRO sources said along with the 615 kg RISAT-2BR1, four foreign satellites would be launched by the workhorse launch vehicle PSLV. It would be followed by the launch of RISAT-2BR2 with synthetic aperture radar, which would also carry two nano foreign satellites as the piggy back. The two missions---Risat-2BR1 and Risat-2BR2--using the PSLV versions were aimed at military purposes and to beef up the country’s border security through more “eyes from the sky".
ISRO had earlier launched surveillance satellite Risat-2B on May 22 and EMISAT (Electronic Intelligence Satellite) on April one using PSLV to help DRDO keep an eye on the enemy radars. Both Risat-2BR1 and Risat-2BR2 would increase military's surveillance power as they have the capability to see through clouds and take image at night, besides monitor infiltration on the borders and terror activities.
It may be noted that the images form the earlier Risat series of satellites were used to launch surgical strikes on terror camps in PoK. (UNI)