ISRO successfully launches RISAT-1

Sriharikota, Apr 26: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday successfully launched the Radio Imaging Satellite -1 (RISAT-1) from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

Moments after the launch, ISRO chairman Dr. K Radhakrishnan termed the mission as a “grand success”.

“PSLV-C19 has successfully injected India’s first indigenous radar imaging satellite RISAT-1 into orbit. It is a proud moment for India,” said Dr. Radhakrishnan.

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C19 carrying the RISAT-1 successfully lifted off from Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh at 5.47 am.

RISAT-1, is the first of the RISAT series of Indian remote sensing satellites built by the ISRO, which uses the indegineously built C-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) for all-weather earth observation.

According to ISRO, RISAT-1, which weighs at 1,850 kilograms, is the heaviest microwave satellite built by India.

The all weather RISAT-1 has day and night viewing capacity which will be unhindered by cloud cover. It will help in crop monitoring and flood forecasting during Kharif season. (ANI)