India launches 'highly sophisticated surveillance satellite to keep an eye on borders'

Published: January 12, 2018
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Two scientists at ISRO said images collected by the satellites will be used by the Indian security agencies to track military activities in Pakistan, China, Bangladesh Sri Lanka and Nepal. PHOTO: AFP

Two scientists at ISRO said images collected by the satellites will be used by the Indian security agencies to track military activities in Pakistan, China, Bangladesh Sri Lanka and Nepal. PHOTO: AFP

India launched its 100th satellite, on Friday, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to project the country as a global low-cost provider of services in space.

A total of 31 small satellites were launched into space on Friday. More than half of the micro and nano satellites were for the Unites States, and the remainder India, Canada, Finland, France, South Korea and the United Kingdom.

“The launch of the 100th satellite by @isro signifies both its glorious achievements and also the bright future of India’s space program,” Modi said on Twitter.

India’s space program has a budget of around $4 billion and Modi’s government hopes the latest launches will improve its prospects of winning a larger share of the more than $300 billion global space industry.

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Modi’s government has been promoting a domestic space program as a demonstration of low-cost technology and last February launched 104 satellites in a single mission, most of them for foreign customers.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) used its workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40), part of an advanced remote sensing satellite Cartosat-2 series or “eye in the sky”, for the Friday launch from Sriharikota in southern Andhra Pradesh state at 3:58 GMT.

The rocket weighs about 1,323 kgs, said a senior official at state-run ISRO, who did not wish to be named.

India will use its latest satellites for better border surveillance and obtaining high resolution images of the earth.

“PSLV-C40 is a highly sophisticated surveillance tool to keep an eye on Indian borders and will help the government track progress of infrastructure projects,” said Pallava Bagla, a science writer and co-author of “Reaching for the Stars: India’s Journey to Mars.”

Two scientists at ISRO said images collected by the satellites will be used by the Indian security agencies to track military activities in Pakistan, China, Bangladesh Sri Lanka and Nepal.

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  • uzair
    Jan 12, 2018 - 1:18PM

    Uzair Abro · nawabshah
    ye theek nahin hooa iska jawab dena chahiayRecommend

  • Mir Ali
    Jan 12, 2018 - 1:21PM

    Good job, India! This is a huge anchevement. Recommend

  • Samar
    Jan 12, 2018 - 1:47PM

    Pakistan need Anti Satellite Jammer or Surveillanve or Intrusion distroyer . Its sneaking into another country without permisssion. Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Jan 12, 2018 - 1:58PM

    In a tit-for-tat move, Pakistan announces to put up a 300 ft tall flag pole near Indian border!Recommend

  • taimur
    Jan 12, 2018 - 2:09PM

    @Samar:
    you are so smart. did you understand what you just suggested.Recommend

  • Feroz
    Jan 12, 2018 - 2:40PM

    This is money well spent because developments in Space Technology can bring spinoff benefits in many other sectors. India has used its limited resources very wisely making sure it does not lag behind in developing technologies of the future. Recommend

  • Syed jaffery
    Jan 12, 2018 - 3:44PM

    @ParkashG

    Launch capacities are on sale for the taking and any peaceful use can be had for a pittance.. Nano satellites can be bought for about $40,000.

    Real feet is the rocket, which can be modified into an ICBM. Good to know Indian ambitions to attack China or US, good luck with that. Perhaps India can put up a PoopSat to track public defecation too.

    Pakistan has focused on medium range missiles due to proximity to India. Lets not get carried away in these boastful posts.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jan 12, 2018 - 4:01PM

    IThis would inicate that Modi promise to provide adequate toilets for the Indian public must have been compled.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • GrowUp
    Jan 12, 2018 - 4:26PM

    Guys, grow up. In today’s every part of the earth is visible to everyone. Why making so much fuss about it?Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jan 12, 2018 - 5:12PM

    Many countries have their eyes on India hence India is forced to do this . Recommend

  • Pg56
    Jan 13, 2018 - 8:41AM

    @Rex Minor:
    That project is being pursued with absolute vigor. But a country of India’s size should not and does not try to achieve all its goals sequentially. It is trying to provide toilets for all and electricity for all by end of 2019 and simultaneously trying to modernise its economy on a scientific basis.Recommend

  • Xyz
    Jan 14, 2018 - 12:22PM

    @Rex Minor:
    So you think a country should do things only one at a time? So Pakistan will attempt to make any scientific progress only after they have solved all problems of internal unrest as well as all others including security of civilians, toilets, poverty etc? Well then science can be a long time coming…Recommend

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