India To Orbit Israeli Spy Satellite In September
A leading Indian broadsheet quoted anonymous sources Wednesday as saying the country is planning to launch an Israeli spy satellite in September. According to information obtained by Times of India, the Indian Space Research Organization's (ISRO) time-proven four-stage Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle will carry a 260-kg satellite named TechSar from the Sriharikota space centre, on island off India's southern coast. The launch will cost around $15 million.
The paper said the launch would mark a crucial milestone in growing Indian-Israeli military ties, and that it was likely that some of the secret images taken by TechSar would be made available to India.
Developed by the Israeli aircraft industry, it will be Tel Aviv's first satellite with what is known as a synthetic aperture radar (SAR). This will allow the satellite to see small objects. SAR is also used by other moving devices on immobile targets, and has wide applications in remote sensing.
While ISRO officials confirmed the launch to the paper, they refused to give details, only saying it would be a "dedicated commercial launch for a foreign customer".