The preparations are in the final stages at Satish Dhawan
Space Centre (SHAR), Sriharikota, for the launch of Resourcesat-1
(IRS-P6). The satellite will be launched by the eighth
flight of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C5).
to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) officials,
the launch is tentatively scheduled on 17 October 2003
between 10:22 am and 10:32 am subject to weather clearance.
commissioned, the 1,360-kg Resourcesat-1, which is India's
most sophisticated remote sensing satellite built so far,
will provide continuity to the services of IRS-1C and
IRS-1D that have far outlived their design mission lives
besides enhancing the service capabilities by providing
imagery with better spatial resolution and additional
satellite will thus give further fillip for the application
of remote sensing, especially in the areas of agriculture,
disaster management, and land and water resources.