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RISAT 1 is classified as:


NORAD ID: 38248
Int'l Code: 2012-017A
Perigee: 542.8 km
Apogee: 548.4 km
Inclination: 97.6 °
Period: 95.4 minutes
Semi major axis: 6916 km
RCS: 3.0624 m2 (large)
Launch date: April 26, 2012
Source: India (IND)
Launch site: SRIHARIKOTA (SRI)

RISAT 1 is a radar surveillance satellite designed to obtain all-weather, day-and-night ground imagery for national security and environmental applications. The satellite, marks a significant leap for India. It is the country's first indigenous radar observation satellite after a successful series of optical and infrared imaging missions. The Indian Space Research Organization, or ISRO, developed the satellite to help emergency officials respond to disasters like floods and cyclones. RISAT 1 will also monitor crops during India's monsoon season, according to ISRO. Indian defense officials could also use RISAT 1 to eavesdrop on the country's fractious border regions and neighboring countries. The RISAT 1 spacecraft's C-band radar will see through clouds and take pictures of the ground at night, offering a significant leap in technology and reconnaissance data over existing optical imagers. Because they do not require sunlight to illuminate the ground, radar pulses emitted from orbiting satellites can resolve objects on Earth's surface in darkness and in all weather conditions.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 38248U 12017A   17294.53731010  .00000271  00000-0  20967-4 0  9997
2 38248  97.5745 300.6146 0004040 355.0978 119.9890 15.09270165302298
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC