What is SCATSAT-1?

SCATSAT stands for Scatterometer Satellite. It is a satellite which acts as a successor to Oceansat-2 satellite. It provides the following services

  1. Forecasting weather
  2. Prediction of cyclones
  3. Tracking services

This satellite was developed by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

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When was the SCATSAT-1 Satellite Launched?

SCATSAT-1 was launched on 26th September 2016. It was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh. This satellite will function for a period of 5 years. Data from this satellite will be used by ISRO, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) EUMETSAT and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Which launch vehicle was used for launching SCATSAT-1?

SCATSAT-1 was launched using Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C 35). The other satellites launched with SCATSAT-1 are given below.

  1. AltSat-1B, 2B
  2. Pathfinder-1
  3. 5 other nano satellites

What is Oceansat?

It is satellite developed by ISRO to study the following.

  1. To study surface winds
  2. Ocean Surface Strata
  3. Monitoring phytoplanktons
  4. Observing concentration of chlorophyll.


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