Friday, October 14, 2011

Indian satellite to monitor monsoon rains

An Indian rocket carrying a weather satellite developed in collaboration with France was successfully launched from Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday. It is now safely in orbit.

The 1,000-kilogram Megha-Tropiques is a tropical weather monitoring satellite.

It is designed to collect data on the water cycle in the tropical atmosphere and will help climate change research and weather predictions including the seasonal monsoon rains.

It was the 19th consecutive successful launch by India's indigenously developed Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) official BR Guruprasad said.

IMO: It cost about $100 million. A lot of money but it helps to keep involved in international scientific collaboration. Data is likely to be fed into climate simulation models for weather prediction.

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