ISRO launches RISAT 2B, a cloud proof spy satellite, soon after Balakot Air Strike

May 22, 2019 2:59 PM |

RISAT 2B Launch

India has done it again! Just after a few months of the Balakot strike, ISRO has launched a spy satellite which will be able to keep a lookout from space even during cloudy conditions or in case of heavy rains. Irrespective of the weather conditions, the RISAT-2B satellite will be able to capture images.

The launch took place from Sriharikota at 5:30 am today and the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) was used to launch RISAT-2B which weighs 615 kg. During the launch, the made in India Vikram Processor was also used.

Before this also, two Radar Imaging Satellites have been launched, RISAT-1, RISAT-2. RISAT-1 was declared dead in 2017. On the other hand, RISAT-2 is still in the orbit, the reason for no images is unknown.

Another satellite called the CartoSAT which also acts as a spy satellite, but it gets blinded by heavy clouding or rains. Also, CartoSAT has poor resolution.

RISAT-2B on the other hand can also take mosaics and strips of images. RISAT-2B is a low earth orbit satellite and has been placed at a height of 557 km. It is a multipurpose satellite, which will be able to see forest cover, and will also be used from the disaster management point of view along with monitoring of agriculture.

During the wee hours of February 26, the Indian Air Force (IAF) had had a terror camp strike by sending Mirage 2000 fighter in Balakot’s terror which is way inside the Pak territory. As per some experts, cloud cover and adverse weather may have blinded the satellites due to which no image or video could be released of the operation. This is where the CartoSAT failed and could not assess the damage.

However, RISAT-2B will help the defense forces in tracking cross border activities. It has a life of five years and if everything goes as planned, RISAT-BR1 and RISAT-2BR2 will also be launched soon enough.

Image Credit:

 


For accurate weather forecast and updates, download Skymet Weather (Android App | iOS App) App.

Weather Forecast

Other Latest Stories

Weather on Twitter
Weather alert for East #Rajasthan Spells of light to moderate #rains with gusty winds over Ajmer, Alwar, Banswara,… t.co/q1nxbgbk6v
Sunday, September 15 13:34Reply
Nowcast for #Mumbai and Mumbai suburban: Light to moderate rain and thundershower with gusty winds likely to contin… t.co/rD1emcrgDe
Sunday, September 15 13:33Reply
The eastern parts of #Gujarat are likely to witness light #rains at many places. A few spells of moderate rains can… t.co/0yyGSpigPh
Sunday, September 15 13:25Reply
Do not expect any significant rains and weather activities over #MadhyaPradesh during the next two to three days. L… t.co/Hcf01OL18W
Sunday, September 15 13:24Reply
From Sep 18 onward, the rainfall activity is likely to decrease further over Kutch and adjoining parts of Saurashtr… t.co/n1REcEtSjt
Sunday, September 15 13:24Reply
Both the regions of #Gujarat as well as Saurashtra and Kutch have received surplus amount of #rains till now. As on… t.co/1WmWsJtm2j
Sunday, September 15 13:23Reply
In the last 24 hours from 8.30 am on Friday, Dahanu in #Maharashtra has been the rainiest place in India with 216 m… t.co/ksasbSwN2T
Sunday, September 15 12:03Reply
#Dharamsala holds an important place weather-wise as India is going to play its opener #T20I against South Africa t… t.co/5ZkSjqbg3b
Sunday, September 15 11:34Reply
During the next 24 hours, heavy #rains and #thundershowers are expected at isolated places over North… t.co/Gu89yWCQoN
Sunday, September 15 10:51Reply
#Mumbai #rains to the tune of 31 mm were recorded in a span of 24 hours from 8:30 am on Saturday… t.co/HcXQWfSlsM
Sunday, September 15 10:07Reply

latest news

Skymet weather

Download the Skymet App

Our app is available for download so give it a try