Monday, April 20, 2009

Aerospace: India launches satellite fitted with Israeli-built advanced radar

India successfully launched a carrier rocket to orbit a radar imaging satellite with "spying" capabilities and an indigenous telecoms micro satellite, national television reported.

The 230-ton Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C12) was launched by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on Sriharikota Island in the Bay of Bengal.

The satellite is fitted with an Israeli-built advanced radar will allow both India and Israel to use the satellite for intelligence-gathering purposes.

In 2004 Israel and India signed a space cooperation agreement.
Published by Mike Hitchen, Mike Hitchen Consulting
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