Satellite developed by ISRO is going to be China and Pak’s worst nightmare. From a body doing pure research with little or no commercial use, the Indian space research organization has become an entity helping the Indian companies and the government to explore new areas, offer new goods and services.
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“The Defence Acquisition Council meeting on Tuesday cleared the proposal for a made in India dedicated satellite for the Indian Army. The project for the satellite GSAT 7B will be carried out in partnership with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and would help the Indian Army enhance its surveillance in border areas,” said a source as per a report by ANI.
The Indian Navy and Air Force already have dedicated satellites of their own and the approval to this will help the Indian Army to achieve the same capability.
Now the Indian army has decided to give a project to ISRO to launch a dedicated surveillance satellite to keep an eye on the activities along the borders with China and Pakistan.
This is not the first time that ISRO’s capabilities are being used by the government department for high-tech surveillance. Previously, in a bid to keep an eye out on the oil and coal theft from freight trains, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has come out with its latest technology to keep a check in this regard. The latest surveillance technology will also be used to monitor the movement of passenger trains giving another boost to their safety.
The advanced satellite surveillance by ISRO for trains works on GPS systems. The system was earlier used to monitor the movement of trains when they passed from some particular stations. The system will help track the movement of trains even between two stations. This monitoring system is giving a huge boost to the new dedicated freight corridors and helping to make Railways a profitable entity.
Before the freight monitoring satellite, ISRO had successfully launched earth observation satellite RISAT-2B. The satellite would be instrumental in enhancing India’s surveillance capabilities.
This satellite replaced RISAT-2 which was launched in 2009. RISAT-2B is going to be a big boost as far as India’s surveillance capabilities are concerned. The satellite is going to be equipped with synthetic aperture radar and is capable of taking pictures of the earth day and night.
It will also be able to take pictures during cloudy circumstances. This satellite will have a mission life of five years, ISRO sources have said that it would also be used for military surveillance. It must be noted that RISAT-2 had also been used extensively to monitor terror camps situated in Pakistan and to block infiltration bids. When RISAT-2 was launched, it was seen as a major achievement of India placing it in a group of limited nations possessing the capability to use satellite technology for passive military use. Ten years later, India has further improved its technological prowess and has launched an even more effective satellite greatly boosting its monitoring and surveillance capabilities.
The ISRO satellites have become the biggest tool for monitoring against anti-social elements and surveillance tools against enemy countries. The government agency with an annual budget of fewer than 2 billion dollars has achieved great success and established India among the top 5 countries in the space race.
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