The Indian Space Research Organisation will be deploying the recently launched RISAT – 2 (radar imaging reconnaissance satellite) to search for the helicopter carrying Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy that went missing en route Chittoor at around 9 am on Wednesday morning.

G. Madhavan Nair, Chairman of ISRO told The Hindu that as most satellites do not have the capacity to see through the thick cloud cover that the area is enveloped in, the space organisation will use RISAT as well as an aircraft fitted with a high resolution camera.

“Data from RISAT will only be collected at 9.30 am on Thursday which is when the satellite’s orbit passes over the area,” Mr. Nair said. The aircraft will also be deployed in the morning.

The RISAT-2, an all-weather imaging satellite was launched on April 20.

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