Friday, April 29, 2011

India’s Most Recent Satellite Begins Beaming Pictures

World knows that India’s most recent advanced remote sensing satellite - Resourcesat-2 has been launched last week and there is a message from ISRO that it has beamed first set of pictures on Thursday.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said that all the three cameras of Resourcesat-2 are ON and very goos and high quality images were established by the National Remote Sensing Centre’s Earth Station, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C16) launched three satellites – the 1,206 kg Resourcesat-2, the 92 kg Youthsat for stellar and atmospheric studies and a 106 kg mini satellite X-SAT for imaging applications on April 20, 2011.

Remote sensing satellites will get back to ground station with pictures and other important data for use. India has the most of remote sensing satellites in the world offering best imagery in a different of spatial resolutions, from over a metre ranging up to 500 metres, and is a major player in dealing such data in the global market.

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The data is used in different applications covering agriculture, water resources, urban development, mineral prospecting, environment, forestry, drought and flood forecasting, ocean resources and disaster management.

As per statement from ISRO, Resourcesat-2 has multispectral cameras – Advanced Wide-Field Sensor (AWiFS) with 56 meter spatial resolution; the Linear Imaging Self-Scanning Sensor (LISS-III) with 23.5 meter spatial resolution and LISS-IV Camera with 5.8 meter spatial resolution.

As scheduled by ISRO, the cameras were put ON during the satellite’s 115th orbit. The satellite covers a 3,000 km stretch of Indian landmass from Uttarakhand to Kerala. The data from Resourcesat-2 will be made accessible for operation to the users in few weeks time after owed calibration and corroboration.

ISRO had prior said that the accurate booster of Resourcesat-2 has saved around 20 kg of onboard fuel boosting its life span. The satellite at the time of launch was said to have a life span of five years.

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