The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch a new radar imaging satellite (Risat-2BR1) on May 22 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. This will work as an ‘eye in the sky’. From 536km altitude, the satellite will monitor Indian borders 24×7 and help security agencies to keep an eye on infiltrators. Also it can help keep an eye on the activities of jihadi terror camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
As per ISRO sources, the Risat-2BR1 is more advanced satellite than the previous Risat satellite. The Risat-2BR1 has enhanced surveillance and imaging capabilities. Risat’s synethic aperture radar (SAR) possesses day-night and all-weather monitoring capability. The SAR can even penetrate clouds and zoom up to a resolution of 1 metre.
Notably, the images from old Risat-series satellites were used to plan the surgical strike in 2016 and the air strike on a JeM camp in Pakistan’s Balakot this year. Risat also enhanced ISRO’s capability for disaster management applications.