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India to launch home-made spy satellite next month

03-14-2012 15:19 BJT

NEW DELHI, March 14 (Xinhua) -- India will launch its home-made spy satellite next month, local media reported Wednesday.

"The Radar Imaging Satellite (RISAT-1) is likely to be launched in the second half of April from Sriharikota space port," an Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) official said.

The satellite has the unique capability of imaging during day and night and in all weather conditions, according to ISRO officials.

At 1,850 kg, Risat-1 is the heaviest microwave satellite to be built by India.

It would be used for disaster prediction and agriculture forestry, and the high resolution pictures and microwave imaging could also be used for defence purposes.

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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