India’s advanced ‘eye in the sky’: Gisat-1

Just three days ahead of Independence Day, India will finally launch its most advanced geo-imaging satellite (Gisat-1), which will allow better monitoring of the subcontinent, including its borders with Pakistan and China, by imaging the country 4-5 times a day.

The satellite will be launched on August 12 at 5.43am from Sriharikota. The pandemic delayed the launch of the new-series geo-satellite, which has civilian and strategic importance, several times since last year. Isro’s GSLV-F10 rocket will finally put the 2,268-kg Gisat-1, codenamed EOS-3, into the geo-orbit. This will be India’s first launch of a primary satellite this year. On February 28, Isro had launched 18 small satellites, including a desi one, along with primary satellite Amazonia-1 of Brazil.

The advanced ‘eye in the sky’ can constantly monitor areas of interest (the satellite will move in sync with the rotation of the Earth) and will give real-time information about a large area. MoS (Space) Jitendra Singh had said that EOS-03 is capable of imaging the whole country 4-5 times daily. The satellite is capable of near real-time monitoring of floods and cyclones.

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