All the three payloads on board India’s Oceansat-2 have been switched on and are providing good quality images of India and oceans around the world, according to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
The payloads are the ocean colour monitor, scatterometer, and radio occultation sounder for atomospheric studies (ROSA).
The ocean colour monitor has a camera that provides information on chlorophyll concentration in the seas and helps in locating schools of fish where the fishermen can go and fish. The scatterometer is a microwave sensor that measures the velocity of winds and their direction over the seas, and is useful in monitoring the movement of polar sea-ice. ROSA measures parameters relating to lower atmosphere and ionosphere.
An ISRO press release said the data provided by the payloads also helped in monitoring the turbidity and suspended sediments in the seas and facilitated meteorological studies.
The satellite collects data over the entire globe once in two days. “All the instruments on board Oceansat-2 are working satisfactorily,” the statement added.