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INDIA PLANS TO LAUNCH GISAT-1

INDIA PLANS TO LAUNCH GISAT-1

Context

India is planning to launch GISAT-1 on March 28.

Details

  • It will provide near real-time images of its borders and also enable quick monitoring of natural disasters.
  • GISAT-1 is an Indian imaging satellite class for geostationary orbit with a high temporal resolution. It is made for providing near real-time imaging with fast revisit capability and real-time monitoring.
  • It will be lofted into space by a GSLV-F10 rocket from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh's Nellore district, about 100 km north of Chennai.

About Sriharikota

  • It is a barrier island off the Bay of Bengal coast located in the Shar Project settlement of Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh.
  • It houses the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, one of the two satellite launch centres in India (the other being the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station in Thiruvananthapuram).
  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launches satellites using multistage rockets such as the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle and the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle from Sriharikota.

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