Render of RISAT-1
|Mission type||Radar imaging satellite|
|Mission duration||5 years (planned)|
|Launch mass||1,858 kilograms (4,096 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||26 April 2012, 00:17UTC|
|Launch site||Satish Dhawan FLP|
|End of mission|
|Deactivated||Between 28 March and 26 July 2017|
|Regime||Sun-synchronous 0600 ECT|
|Apogee altitude||536.38 km|
Radar Imaging Satellite 1, or RISAT-1, was an Indian remote sensing satellite built and operated by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The second RISAT satellite to be launched, it uses C-band 5.35 GHz Synthetic Aperture Radar for earth observation.
The launch of RISAT-1 came several years after that of RISAT-2, which carried an Israeli-built X-band radar. The RISAT-2 mission was prioritised over RISAT-1 following the 2008 Mumbai attacks, resulting in RISAT-1 being delayed by several years.
RISAT-1 had a mass at liftoff of 1,858 kilograms (4,096 lb), making it the heaviest earth observation satellite to be launched by India, and the heaviest satellite to be launched using a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. It had the capability to take images of Earth during day and night, as well as in cloudy conditions.
The satellite is equipped with a 160 × 4 Mbit/s data handling system, 50 Newton-metre-second reaction wheels, and a phased array antenna with dual polarisation. Its synthetic aperture radar has a resolution of 3 m to 50 m. It also supports a spotlight mode for prolonged focus on a given geographical area at a resolution of 1 m. Most of the design and the installation of basic instrument subsystems for the satellite was conducted in 2010.
The mission has an approximate cost of ₹4.9 billion (US$69 million);the spacecraft itself cost ₹3.78 billion (US$53 million) to develop, and a further ₹1.1 billion (US$15 million) to launch. The satellite had a design life of five years.
The satellite is intended to be used for natural resources management, primarily agriculture planning and forestry surveys, as well as to predict and prevent flooding. It will be used for monitoring paddy plantations and yields in the kharif season and to assist India's food security planning. Pictures from RISAT-1 will be used to estimate the number of hectares being farmed in India, to assess crop health and predict total yield. They can also be used to identify wreckage from aircraft which go down in forested areas. RISAT-1 was not designed as a surveillance satellite, given its reliance on the C-band.
RISAT-1 was launched at 00:17 UTC (05:47 IST) on 26 April 2012 by a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, flight number C19, flying in the XL configuration with extended length solid strap-on boosters. The launch, which was the third flight of the PSLV-XL configuration, took place from the First Launch Pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. The launch marked the twenty-first flight of the PSLV, and its nineteenth successful launch.
After launch RISAT-1 was placed in 470 x 480 km orbit with near 97 degree inclination. In next two days RISAT-1 raised its orbital altitude using on-board propulsion to place itself into its operational sun-synchronous orbit of 536 km with 6:00 AM Equatorial Crossing Time. The satellite began its normal operations with a repetitive cycle of 25 days.
On 30 September 2016, Joint Space Operations Center identified a debris generating event near RISAT-1. The event created 16 pieces out of which 15 decayed and one was catalogued on 6 October 2016 under NORAD ID: 41797 and COSPAR ID: 2012-017C and decayed on 12 October 2016. Cause of this event remains unknown. A month later on 3 November 2016, RISAT-1 data was declared unavailable on ESA's Copernicus Space Component Data Access portal due satellite outage. Satellite was experiencing anomalies but ISRO denied they were related to fragmentation event.
On 26 July 2017, Department of Space released names of its operational satellites in a reply to a Parliamentary query and RISAT-1 was not included in the list. Later in Annual Report 2017-18 of Department of Space, RISAT-1 was declared non-operational.
Anomalies have been observed towards the end of 5 years mission life and satellite is no more operational.