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India Launches Its First All-Weather Spy Satellite 97

Posted by timothy
from the everybody's-doing-it dept.
murthydn writes "According to a Times of India article, 'India on Monday successfully launched its first all-weather spy satellite that will help security agencies keep a watch on the movements on the borders. The satellite has all-weather capability to take images of the Earth and would also be beneficial in mapping and managing natural disasters, such as floods and landslides, besides amplifying defence surveillance capabilities of the nation. It would also help keep track of ships at sea that could pose a threat.'"
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India Launches Its First All-Weather Spy Satellite

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  • by clickclickdrone (964164) on Monday April 20, 2009 @08:56AM (#27644281)
    "RISAT-2 not a spy satellite: ISRO chief". Methinks the story changed during the 'slashdot delay' window.
  • Re:Snigger... (Score:5, Informative)

    by ap7 (963070) on Monday April 20, 2009 @09:27AM (#27644625)

    Perhaps you were trying to be funny, but in case you were not, 'Anu' in Hindi means atom. So the name Anusat was probably for a very small satellite.

  • by Chrisq (894406) on Monday April 20, 2009 @10:08AM (#27645249)
    I hope that this gets modded funny. However sadly I think it is informative. After all they responded to India saying it would increase border defences after the Mumbai attack by saying it would reduce efforts in the War against terror.
  • Re:So... (Score:4, Informative)

    by rumith (983060) on Monday April 20, 2009 @11:02AM (#27646127)
    Actually, shielding spacecrafts from the effects of space weather is a real problem! Aah, nothing like the sound of onboard electronics getting fried with a ton of high-speed protons from a coronal mass ejection :-)
  • by hansraj (458504) on Monday April 20, 2009 @12:16PM (#27647357)

    That is quite some way of putting things! In all fairness you have to realize that India and Pakistan have a serious trust problem with each other. Even though India would claim that the increased border defense (read more military near India-Pakistan border) is only for defense, in case of a future tense situation it would put Pakistan under immense pressure to mobilize its forces quite suddenly. The only rational move for them, therefore, is to move forces to the border already. And that implies weakening the force available at the Pakistan-Afganistan border and thus "reducing their efforts" in the war against terror.

    Now you can all wish that we lived in a perfect world where such a reasoning in not needed, but unfortunately the reality of India-Pakistan relations is ugly and one of deep mistrust for each other. And in such a situation what you wrote in your post is a natural way to react for the parties.

    PS: I am Indian and believe that Pakistan has a fucked up priorities with regards to India and its vision for its own future, but there is no need to put a shade of propaganda to everything.

  • by fantomas (94850) on Monday April 20, 2009 @01:20PM (#27648483)

    Not sure how the term is received in the USA but over here in the UK calling somebody from Pakistan a "paki" is like calling somebody with African-American heritage a "nigger". Most people consider it outdated and downright offensive, most folk with Pakistani origins who live in the UK associate it with small minded neo-nazis shouting at them, parading through the streets and telling them to "go home" and worse.

    For your information... Not sure how the the term is received in the USA. But if you ever came on holiday to the UK you'd be better not to use the term unless you wanted to get into fights quite regularly.

    regards.

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