India is gearing up to place its first imaging satellite into geo-stationary orbit on 12 August. The satellite, referred to as “Eye in the Sky” by the media, will allow the entire subcontinent to be monitored in real time.
With deployment of troops at Indian borders at an all-time high, Indian space scientists are clearing decks to launch the country’s first state-of-the-art agile Earth Observation Satellite (EOS).
The launch, scheduled for 12 August from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in the state of Andhra Pradesh, will result in the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) putting the satellite into an orbit high above the Earth.
Geostationary orbit means that the satellite will be moving at the same circular velocity as the Earth which gives it the appearance of being fixed at one point as it floats above the Equator.
“India now has one of the largest constellations of remote-sensing satellites” for observing Earth and the data from these satellites will be used for “several applications covering agriculture, water resources, urban planning, rural development, mineral prospecting, environment, forestry, ocean resources and disaster management,” said the ISRO.
Game Changer – Real-Time Monitoring Now Possible
The advanced imaging satellite has been described as a “game changer” for India with its high-resolution cameras allowing constant, real-time monitoring of the Indian landmass and the oceans.