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    RISAT 1 can be found in the following categories:
    Earth resources
    Military

    NORAD ID: 38248
    Int'l Code: 2012-017A
    Perigee: 544.1 km
    Apogee: 548.8 km
    Inclination: 97.6 °
    Period: 95.4 minutes
    Semi major axis: 6917 km
    Launch date: April 26, 2012
    Source: India (IND)
    Comments: RISAT 1 is a radar surveillance satellite designed to obtain all-weather, day-and-night ground imagery for national security and environmental applications. The satellite, marks a significant leap for India. It is the country's first indigenous radar observation satellite after a successful series of optical and infrared imaging missions. The Indian Space Research Organization, or ISRO, developed the satellite to help emergency officials respond to disasters like floods and cyclones. RISAT 1 will also monitor crops during India's monsoon season, according to ISRO. Indian defense officials could also use RISAT 1 to eavesdrop on the country's fractious border regions and neighboring countries. The RISAT 1 spacecraft's C-band radar will see through clouds and take pictures of the ground at night, offering a significant leap in technology and reconnaissance data over existing optical imagers. Because they do not require sunlight to illuminate the ground, radar pulses emitted from orbiting satellites can resolve objects on Earth's surface in darkness and in all weather conditions.

    Two Line Element Set (TLE):

    1 38248U 12017A   14294.40675589  .00002003  00000-0  13080-3 0  8135
    2 38248 097.5626 299.7784 0003436 131.4831 336.2994 15.08975428136998
    
    
    Source: AFSPC

    NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog entry for RISAT 1

     
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