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India's new eye in sky RISAT- 1 launched

Definitely, this week is a great week for the India’s rocket scientists because India’s first indigenous all weather radar imaging satellite (RISAT-1), whose images will facilitate agriculture and disaster management, was today successfully launched on board the PSLV-C19 from here. The 44.5 metres tall, 321-tonne PSLV-C19 ascended towards the sky amidst resounding cheers of ISRO scientists. Around 17 minutes after the lift-off, it placed RISAT-1 into a polar circular orbit at an altitude of 480 kilometres and an orbital inclination of 97.552 degrees. Each of the four stages of the rocket performed as programmed. This is the 20th consecutively successive successful flight of the PSLV. RISAT-1 weighs 1,858 kilograms and is the heaviest satellite ever launched by India. It took ISRO 10 years to make this sophisticated satellite and the total cost of the mission is about Rs 500 crores due to which it has become one o the most expensive mission hoisted from Sriharikota.

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