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RISAT 1 is classified as:


NORAD ID: 38248
Int'l Code: 2012-017A
Perigee: 570.8 km
Apogee: 577.3 km
Inclination: 97.6 °
Period: 96.0 minutes
Semi major axis: 6945 km
RCS: 3.0624 m2 (large)
Launch date: April 26, 2012
Source: India (IND)
Launch site: SIRHARIKOTA (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   16237.08149190  .00000421  00000-0  30614-4 0  9992
2 38248  97.5622 242.7410 0004629   0.9552  84.1718 15.08956891238431
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC

N2YO: 479