TSAT-1A SATELLITE (Syllabus: GS Paper 3 – Sci and Tech)

News-CRUX-10     9th April 2024        
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Context: Recently, the satellite TSAT-1A was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA, by SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket.


 TSAT-1A Satellite

  • About: It is a result of the successful collaboration between Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) and Satellogic, showcasing the synergy between two industry leaders in satellite technology.
  • Expert Assembly: Assembled at TASL's AIT plant in Karnataka, the satellite leverages Satellogic's expertise in Earth observation technology and TASL's proficiency in complex system integration.
  • TSAT-1A Capabilities:

oSub-Meter Resolution: Capable of capturing incredibly detailed images, the satellite facilitates precise observation of Earth's features, enhancing our understanding of the planet's dynamics.

oMultispectral and Hyperspectral Imaging: Equipped with advanced technology, the satellite can collect data across a wide range of wavelengths, providing comprehensive insights into the observed environment.

oEnhanced Performance: The TSAT-1A offers increased collection capacity, dynamic range, and low-latency delivery, ensuring timely access to valuable data, thus enhancing the efficiency of Earth observation missions.

Impactful Applications:

  • Agriculture: The satellite's data will be instrumental in monitoring crop health, assessing soil conditions, and improving agricultural practices, thereby contributing to food security and sustainability.
  • Disaster Management: By providing real-time data for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts, the TSAT-1A satellite aids in mitigating the impact of natural calamities and saving lives.
  • Urban Planning: The satellite's imagery supports infrastructure development and urban planning initiatives by providing valuable insights into land use, population density, and spatial trends.
  • Environmental Monitoring: With its capability to track deforestation, pollution levels, and other environmental changes, the TSAT-1A satellite plays a crucial role in monitoring and preserving Earth's ecosystems.
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