Isro gearing for Resourcesat-2 launch in April


Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is likely to launch Resourcesat-2, a remote sensing satellite that will provide information on biophysical and geophysical parameters on the earth’s surface, from Sriharikota Space Centre in April. Youthsat, in collaboration with Russia, and Xsat, a venture with a Singapore laboratory, are the other two satellities that will also be launched around the same time.

Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) mission was earlier slated to be launched in the third week of January, which was subsequently postponed to February 24. ISRO, which is still smarting under the Christmas Day disaster of the GSLV mission, decided to play it safe as scientists insisted on some more tests. Consequently, the launch was called off just two days ahead of the D-day.

“Preparations are in the final stages. Resourcesat-2 will be launched in April, but the date has not been fixed. It will be equipped with three advanced cameras that will transmit valuable geospatial data regarding biodiversity, forest cover, soil etc,” said a senior official in the department of space.

Resourcesat data can be used for a host of key initiatives like CAPE (crop acreage and production estimates) and FASAL (forecasting agricultural output using space, agrometeorological and land based observations) programmes in collaboration with the ministry of agriculture. Besides, it would come in handy for assesment of green cover and incorporating it into Bhuvan, ISRO’s answer to GoogleEarth.

LISS (Linear Imaging Self Scanning) 3, LISS 4 and AWIFS ( Advanced Wide Imaging Field Sensor) are the three cameras fitted to Resourcesat-2. The variable resolutions and time period will help it to capture 3D pictures ofvarious geophysical changes in the earth’s surface, explained the official.

Resourcesat-2 is the first Indian satellite to boast of space-based Automatic Identification System that can provide guidance to ships in distress, ISRO sources said. The payload, built in technical collaboration with Canada, can constantly monitor the movement of all the registered vehicles.

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