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PM congratulates scientists on successful launch of RISAT-1

New Delhi , Thu, 26 Apr 2012 ANI

New Delhi, Apr 26 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Thursday congratulated Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists for the successful launch of the Radar Imaging Satellite-1 (RISAT-1) from Sriharikota island in Andhra Pradesh.

In a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office, Dr. Singh said: "I would like to warmly congratulate all scientists of the ISRO for the successful launch today of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C19 carrying the Radar Imaging Satellite-1 (RISAT-1), the heaviest satellite launched till date using PSLV."

"I have no doubt that RISAT-1's all weather, day-night imaging ability will significantly contribute to the nation's remote sensing capabilities. The country is proud of ISRO's achievements and I wish the organization all success in its future endeavours," he added.

The satellite was launched 5.47 a.m from Sriharikota.

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

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

Earlier, Indian remote sensing satellites relied mainly on optical and infrared sensors. RISAT-1 uses an indigenously developed C-band SAR, operating in multi-polarisation, multi-resolution modes. (ANI)

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