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India Launches Its First All-Weather Spy Satellite

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the everybody's-doing-it dept.

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murthydn writes "According to a Times of India article, 'India on Monday successfully launched its first all-weather spy satellite that will help security agencies keep a watch on the movements on the borders. The satellite has all-weather capability to take images of the Earth and would also be beneficial in mapping and managing natural disasters, such as floods and landslides, besides amplifying defence surveillance capabilities of the nation. It would also help keep track of ships at sea that could pose a threat.'"

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All-Weather? so it can work with out rain fade? (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 5 years ago | (#27644279)

All-Weather? so it can work with out rain fade?

Re:All-Weather? so it can work with out rain fade? (1)

Adolf Hitroll (562418) | more than 5 years ago | (#27644557)

Next time you will first post on an April 20th, you'd be welcome to wish me a wonderful birthday (which it is) instead of emabrassing yourself with such an idiot remark.

This also applies to the rest of that fat and sufficient crapdot crowd.

Now, I shall enjoy the company of my 7 wives. B!CNU.

Spying on all weather? (1)

davidwr (791652) | more than 5 years ago | (#27644985)

For when you need an accurate short-range forecast for the hail of nuclear-tipped missiles heading your way.

Re:All-Weather? so it can work with out rain fade? (1)

nospam007 (722110) | more than 5 years ago | (#27649765)

It's all-weather, it has wipers for the rain.

But the headline says... (4, Informative)

clickclickdrone (964164) | more than 5 years ago | (#27644281)

"RISAT-2 not a spy satellite: ISRO chief". Methinks the story changed during the 'slashdot delay' window.

Re:But the headline says... (1)

ap7 (963070) | more than 5 years ago | (#27644657)

Well, the Indian media has also been calling it a spy satellite for weeks now.

Re:But the headline says... (4, Insightful)

theCoder (23772) | more than 5 years ago | (#27648393)

From TFA:

"Though the satellite has a global coverage we will use it only for our use," ISRO chief G Madhavan Nair told reporters at a post-launch press conference.

Yeah... just like RICO was only used against gangsters, the PATRIOT act only against terrorists, and asset forfeiture only against drug lords. And red light cameras and automatic speed traps are for safety, not revenue generation. Sure.

Not that there's any reason that they couldn't or shouldn't use their new satellite to look at other nations, it's just annoying when officials say something like that that they know (or should know) will be false.

Re:But the headline says... (1)

beav007 (746004) | more than 5 years ago | (#27654679)

Point of order: this isn't the USA.

Snigger... (4, Funny)

clickclickdrone (964164) | more than 5 years ago | (#27644309)

I see further down:
"He said the launch of Anusat has prompted six other educational institutions"
With a name like that it *has* to be for looking at Uranus.

Re:Snigger... (5, Informative)

ap7 (963070) | more than 5 years ago | (#27644625)

Perhaps you were trying to be funny, but in case you were not, 'Anu' in Hindi means atom. So the name Anusat was probably for a very small satellite.

Re:Snigger... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27645719)

Perhaps you were trying to be funny, but in case you were not, 'Anus' in English means butt. So the name Anusat was probably for a very small satellite that will explore your butt.

Re:Snigger... (3, Funny)

ap7 (963070) | more than 5 years ago | (#27645771)

Now you are just being anal.

Re:Snigger... (2, Funny)

Werrismys (764601) | more than 5 years ago | (#27649743)

PROFESSOR FARNSWORTH: I'm sorry, Fry, but astronomers renamed Uranus in 2620 to end that stupid joke once and for all. FRY: Oh. What's it called now? PROFESSOR FARNSWORTH: Urectum.

So... (4, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#27644391)

It can withstand the weather in space?

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27644865)

AHAHAHAHA

Re:So... (1)

KublaKhan1797 (1240934) | more than 5 years ago | (#27645081)

Yes, it can withstand even the nastiest space typhoon...

Re:So... (3, Informative)

rumith (983060) | more than 5 years ago | (#27646127)

Actually, shielding spacecrafts from the effects of space weather is a real problem! Aah, nothing like the sound of onboard electronics getting fried with a ton of high-speed protons from a coronal mass ejection :-)

Re:So... (1)

MadnessASAP (1052274) | more than 5 years ago | (#27647211)

In space, nobody can hear your computer fry.

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27649555)

yeah hope so, that space rain can be deadly [/sarcasm]

Re:So... (1)

steelfood (895457) | more than 5 years ago | (#27651539)

With the implication being that the operations of certain other spy satellites are subject to present weather conditions in space. And I supposed since this is an all-weather spy satellite, they've solved the problem of getting hit by space rocks.

Overload! (1)

tygerstripes (832644) | more than 5 years ago | (#27644397)

managing natural disasters, such as floods and landslides

We're talking about India here. That specific part of the satellite's remit will occupy all of it's attention, I'm afraid. They don't seem to get much luck in that area...

Re:Overload! (3, Insightful)

EvilToiletPaper (1226390) | more than 5 years ago | (#27645071)

Apart from that it's sandwiched by Pakistan and Afghanistan on the left and China and Burma on the right.

They don't seem to have much luck in that area either..

I get the feeling... (4, Insightful)

lobiusmoop (305328) | more than 5 years ago | (#27644405)

It might be keeping an close eye on Pakistan's nuclear weapons facilities too, given the way that country is heading. Can't be much fun having a collapsing nuclear power next door.

Re:I get the feeling... (5, Funny)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 5 years ago | (#27644663)

Can't be much fun having a collapsing nuclear power next door.

I don't know. Would any Canadians like to comment?

Re:I get the feeling... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27645511)

I don't know. Would any Canadians like to comment?

What you mean the USA isn't full of rainbows and flowers now that Obama is in charge? The media lied to me!

Re:I get the feeling... (4, Funny)

greentshirt (1308037) | more than 5 years ago | (#27646049)

It's not that bad, I mean we get American TV channels.

Re:I get the feeling... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27659029)

Now you're contradicting yourself.

Re:I get the feeling... (1)

geobeck (924637) | more than 5 years ago | (#27646555)

Would any Canadians like to comment?

I don't know what you're talking aboot.

Re:I get the feeling... (1)

ricky-road-flats (770129) | more than 5 years ago | (#27646689)

Nicely put, you beat me to it! Wish I had some mod points for you...

Re:I get the feeling... (1)

stoicfaux (466273) | more than 5 years ago | (#27647633)

Can't be much fun having a collapsing nuclear power next door.

I don't know. Would any Canadians like to comment?

Iceland has nukes?!?

http://www.businessweek.com/globalbiz/content/oct2008/gb2008109_947306.htm?chan=globalbiz_europe+index+page_top+stories

Re:I get the feeling... (1)

Hillgiant (916436) | more than 5 years ago | (#27648447)

They have a vast supply of geothermal facilities. Obviously it is just a short step to weaponization. We must invade before we see a steam cloud over Washington.

Re:I get the feeling... (1)

techamed (1025213) | more than 5 years ago | (#27650743)

Can't be much fun having a collapsing nuclear power next door.

I don't know. Would any Canadians like to comment?

Sure... I didn't know that our southern neighbours were having that much trouble. :)

Yeah - beging the space wars!!!! (0)

maraist (68387) | more than 5 years ago | (#27644483)

So now, when Pakistan gets upset with India, they'll shoot down the satellite, which will mark the first space war.. Which will mark the way for N.K shooting down a US satellite, and we'll be in the wild wild west!!!

Not saying they shouldn't do it.. But it's an 'oh boy' moment for me.

Re:Yeah - beging the space wars!!!! (1, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27644887)

Extremely doubtful that the pakis could kill a sat at this point. Not impossible, but it's a non-trivial task. Also, the rest of the developed world would take a gigantic shit on them, because it would clutter up orbit even worse.

Re:Yeah - beging the space wars!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27645583)

the rest of the developed world would take a gigantic shit on them, because it would clutter up orbit even worse.

Oh, you mean the same way they did with China when they shot their wad?

Didn't think so. The Pakis have nukes, on. The world will whine a bit and then go back to doing nothing slowly.

Re:Yeah - beging the space wars!!!! (2, Insightful)

ap7 (963070) | more than 5 years ago | (#27646007)

Judging from the complete lack of hysteria in the US about Pakistan's nukes, I'd say that the nukes are already under the US's control or they have veto power over deployment. Besides, Pakistan would risk being wiped out by any retaliatory attack should they attack anyone first. And they would likely lose any remaining sympathy the international community for their problems. That would be bad news for Pakistan, Taliban and their cronies.

Re:Yeah - beging the space wars!!!! (1)

cusco (717999) | more than 5 years ago | (#27654041)

Actually, unlike every other nuclear power Pakistan's nukes are under the control of the general who runs the area that they're located in. I guess the original justification was that if the government were beheaded by a surprise attack the military could still retaliate, but it makes for an exceedingly scary environment.

A couple of years ago a meteor blew up over the eastern Mediterrainean Sea, with a Hiroshima-size blast. Had it arrived a couple of hour later Earth would have rotated that much further and the explosion would almost certainly have been mistaken for a nuclear attack.

Which way does the earth rotate? (1)

colinrichardday (768814) | more than 5 years ago | (#27654673)

Perhaps you meant a couple of hours earlier, as Pakistan is east of the Mediterranean Sea.

so we're allowed to use racist language on /. ? (3, Informative)

fantomas (94850) | more than 5 years ago | (#27648483)

Not sure how the term is received in the USA but over here in the UK calling somebody from Pakistan a "paki" is like calling somebody with African-American heritage a "nigger". Most people consider it outdated and downright offensive, most folk with Pakistani origins who live in the UK associate it with small minded neo-nazis shouting at them, parading through the streets and telling them to "go home" and worse.

For your information... Not sure how the the term is received in the USA. But if you ever came on holiday to the UK you'd be better not to use the term unless you wanted to get into fights quite regularly.

regards.

Re:so we're allowed to use racist language on /. ? (0, Troll)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27648977)

Don't worry, I have little to no intention of coming to the UK. I was pre-coffee, which is no excuse for being a subconscious racist or whatever I am, but I'm not making one. Where I come from, I grew up referring to a crappy knife as a "paki dagger" and thinking nothing of it, which I guess is typical. Either way, I think nothing of mocking Americans, and I am one; neither does the rest of the world, for that matter. I'm Mexican, Norwegian, German, English, Polish, and French that I know of; based on my family's background my Mexican heritage is actually likely to be to some degree crypto-Jew. I get to make jokes in mixed company about Poles (well, everyone mocks them) and Mexicans, and get a free pass on it. (My full name is German, Polish, and Mexican/Spanish.)

So, no apologies for offending, but no "why did I get modded down" either. Thanks for your level-headed comment.

nice abuse of moderation (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 4 years ago | (#27658043)

You may not agree with what I say, but that doesn't make it a troll. I know the moderator guidelines are complicated; perhaps an IQ test for moderators is in order?

Re:so we're allowed to use racist language on /. ? (1)

LittleNegative (993936) | more than 5 years ago | (#27651013)

After I found out about this (through watching clips from Big Brother) I started watching my mouth, even though none of my Pakistani friends here in the US find the term offensive at all.

Re:so we're allowed to use racist language on /. ? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27670267)

After finding out how most of the world talks about Americans, I stopped giving one tenth of one shit about how I referred to anyone else. If they're offended they should refer to Mencken; I'm not prejudiced, I dislike everyone equally. I think the difference between the USA and any other nation is largely one of starting position on the board of Civilization.

Re:so we're allowed to use racist language on /. ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27654905)

In the US we call them dot-niggers, you fucking nigger-loving nigger!

SAR (4, Interesting)

phyr (586855) | more than 5 years ago | (#27644489)

All-weather in this case means Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and I don't believe this is anymore a spy satellite than Radarsat2.

In other words (1)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 5 years ago | (#27644645)

"It would also help keep track of ships at sea that could pose a threat." In other words any unexpected ships heading to major ports from Pakistan.

First? (1, Redundant)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 5 years ago | (#27644649)

India Launches Its First All-Weather Spy Satellite

How are they so sure? They're probably just the first country to admit having one.

Re:First? (1)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 5 years ago | (#27644715)

India Launches Its First All-Weather Spy Satellite

How are they so sure? They're probably just the first country to admit having one.

You mean "probably the first of such satellites they admit having launched", right?

Re:First? (1)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 5 years ago | (#27646623)

probably the first of such satellites they admit having launched

That would imply the first satellite India admits launching. I'm talking about any country.

Re:First? (1)

didroe84 (1324187) | more than 5 years ago | (#27651935)

I'm talking about any country.

The quote you started with wasn't though:

India Launches Its First All-Weather Spy Satellite

Re:First? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27644717)

you are dumb

Re:First? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27645331)

>you are dumb

She/he's probably an American.

Re:First? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27647781)

They're probably just the first country to admit having one.

Have you heard of this country called the United States of America ?

Re:First? (1)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 4 years ago | (#27658717)

Once again, a misuse of the "Redundant" mod. Although there may be posts that say the same thing above this one, it was only the 5th post on the story.

But it's our WEATHER! (2, Funny)

dmomo (256005) | more than 5 years ago | (#27644693)

How dare they spy on all our Weather. It now belongs to THEM! For great justice.

Pakistan replies .... (4, Insightful)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 5 years ago | (#27644833)

In response to India launching yet another satellite into orbit, Pakistan vowed it will redouble its madrassas and launch more planes into buildings.

Re:Pakistan replies .... (4, Informative)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 5 years ago | (#27645249)

I hope that this gets modded funny. However sadly I think it is informative. After all they responded to India saying it would increase border defences after the Mumbai attack by saying it would reduce efforts in the War against terror.

Re:Pakistan replies .... (4, Informative)

hansraj (458504) | more than 5 years ago | (#27647357)

That is quite some way of putting things! In all fairness you have to realize that India and Pakistan have a serious trust problem with each other. Even though India would claim that the increased border defense (read more military near India-Pakistan border) is only for defense, in case of a future tense situation it would put Pakistan under immense pressure to mobilize its forces quite suddenly. The only rational move for them, therefore, is to move forces to the border already. And that implies weakening the force available at the Pakistan-Afganistan border and thus "reducing their efforts" in the war against terror.

Now you can all wish that we lived in a perfect world where such a reasoning in not needed, but unfortunately the reality of India-Pakistan relations is ugly and one of deep mistrust for each other. And in such a situation what you wrote in your post is a natural way to react for the parties.

PS: I am Indian and believe that Pakistan has a fucked up priorities with regards to India and its vision for its own future, but there is no need to put a shade of propaganda to everything.

Re:Pakistan replies .... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27648129)

Hansraj,

Your analysis and comments are accurate and sensible IMHO.

I am Pakistani, and I agree that we have major problems and our priorities are quite messed up.

Unfortunately, along with all these problems, there is a lot of propaganda going on domestically and internationally. This masks the real problems to the extent, that most people spend hours debating upon inconsequential issues.

Either its propaganda or people are so deluded about the rest of the world, that they can't tell black from white.

Re:Pakistan replies .... (1)

dhavleak (912889) | more than 5 years ago | (#27651513)

Well put.

It's very tricky for the international community to even know how to help Pakistan right now. They don't have control of the North/Northwestern part of their country. They don't have leaders with any sort of vision (or even just wisdom/sense). And they are (quite justifiably) suspicious of the West and unlikely to accept help/suggestions.

I really hope they find some way to pull out of their current situation. And if/when they do, I hope they are able to establish a good civilian government able to keep its own military in check. This whole crisis was slowly created by an overambitious military with a long track record of craving (and obtaining) political power, and waging a proxy war through Afghan militia. That's the root cause right there - an ambitious military and a weak civilian government/weak leadership. That's not something the rest of the world can help them fix. If Iraq taught us nothing else, let it at least remind us that you can't fix the government in a foreign country -- that change has to come from within.

Re:Pakistan replies .... (1)

Hillgiant (916436) | more than 5 years ago | (#27648391)

It is just this sort of sloppy thinking that got us into Iraq.

Insightful? Funny? This barely rises to the level of flamebait. I guess we really do need a (+1 Inciteful) moderation option.

Remind me again will you (1)

Peter_J_G (1503759) | more than 5 years ago | (#27645571)

Why are we (UK) still sending million of pounds of aid to a country that is launching it's own satellites?

Re:Remind me again will you (2, Insightful)

freakxx (987620) | more than 5 years ago | (#27645845)

sorry but can u be more descriptive in the kind of aid the UK is providing to India? In which field? And are you sure that it is "aid"?

Re:Remind me again will you (1)

Peter_J_G (1503759) | more than 5 years ago | (#27646437)

Re:Remind me again will you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27649667)

When the UK (or any donor country) typically gives AID to another country, there are strings attached - usually that the money provided must be spent to obtain goods and services from the donor country.

Hence, when the UK gives $100M to India, they are opening a line of credit at BofE and telling India to use that credit to purchase from British firms.

It is an effective way of subsidizing local business as well as providing aid to other countries. However, in many cases, it is simply a way of jump starting economic ties. Long after the $100M is spent, the companies from Britain will continue their relationship with the folks from India they worked with.

The problem comes when the oversight is shoddy and not transparent. That's when the corruption takes over ... that you SHOULD be upset about.

Re:Remind me again will you (1)

Peter_J_G (1503759) | more than 5 years ago | (#27651115)

okay

Re:Remind me again will you (1)

suman28 (558822) | more than 5 years ago | (#27650755)

Keep in mind that even though India is launching satellites, it does not mean that the country is somehow rich. It just means that the government is controlled by hungry/greedy companies that want profits and are able to buy the politicians into spending money on such things, while largely ignoring even the most basics of the people. Many people are dirt poor, live in horrible conditions, and malnutrition is everywhere. But, as long as the ultra rich get richer, and the politicians run the India, it will never prosper.

Re:Remind me again will you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27656273)

Your name sounds Indian, and yet you seem to know so little about the need for the satellite.
The satellite would help monitor the borders of india, and this is especially important considering the carnage that took place in Mumbai on 26/11
Check your rich-gets-richer theory again because the agencies involved in launching of satellites are mostly state run.

Re:Remind me again will you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27651673)

yeah...aid for their own good...
about 500 million pounds = 900 m $

something doesnt stick

india has about 300 "billion" $ of forex reserves last month.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Markets/Forex/Forex-reserves-at-252-bn-in-end-March-RBI/articleshow/4426681.cms

and a GDP of 3.0 "Trillion" $
http://flagcounter.com/factbook/in

0.9 billion of aid is a drop in the ocean. they must be doing it for promoting their own stuff

Re:Remind me again will you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27646507)

And are you sure that it is "aid"?

Sorry, I meant to say "AIDS".

Pool's closed.

Re:Remind me again will you (2, Insightful)

zoneerror (1536823) | more than 5 years ago | (#27645857)

Probably it's a way of returning the wealth stolen from India! Cheers!

Re:Remind me again will you (1)

Peter_J_G (1503759) | more than 5 years ago | (#27646423)

If that was the case we'd be giving aid to 3 quarters of the world, which we don't.

Re:Remind me again will you (1)

priyank_bolia (1024411) | more than 5 years ago | (#27646471)

ha ha ha... UK sending aid to India. I am not sure when and for what. India don't need any country help. Also what's wrong with launching a satellite. Do we need to pay tax to UK for that.

Re:Remind me again will you (1)

Peter_J_G (1503759) | more than 5 years ago | (#27646515)

I was just say that a country with enough wealth to launch it's own satellite doesn't need aid.

Re:Remind me again will you (2, Interesting)

priyank_bolia (1024411) | more than 5 years ago | (#27647367)

yes, you are right, I totally agree with you. In fact, the world's largest democratic country don't need any aid from any country. We will be more happy if UK and it allies stop aiding countries supporting terrorism: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7486948.stm [bbc.co.uk]

Re:Remind me again will you (3, Interesting)

Peter_J_G (1503759) | more than 5 years ago | (#27648087)

So would the British public :)

Re:Remind me again will you (1)

Stratocastr (1234756) | more than 5 years ago | (#27650383)

India don't need any country help.

That is certainly true, except maybe in grammer.

Re:Remind me again will you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27653801)

Why is it that anytime someone makes fun of someone else's spelling / grammar, he always makes a mistake himself?

It's called grammAr.

Re:Remind me again will you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27655261)

Check the facts.

Re:Remind me again will you (1)

Peter_J_G (1503759) | more than 5 years ago | (#27655377)

Yes, I think you should.

Attention: Newbie Indian Space Program (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 5 years ago | (#27646013)

When you launch an "all-weather spy satellite," remember to leave out the words "all" and "spy."

Does anyone know? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27646165)

How big was the slingshot they used to launch this thing?!

Re:Does anyone know? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#27657439)

How big was the slingshot they used to launch this thing?!

I don't know why this is modded flamebait. If anything, it shows that the poster thinks extremely highly of India's engineering capabilities. A slingshot big enough to launch even a modest satellite would be an extremely impressive feat*. It would mean India could make returns on their launch facilities (either consulting on similar projects for cash, or renting their own facilities out) AND it would show that India's getting on the "green" bandwagon.

* I'm not even sure such a slingshot is possible. Unlike a rocket, all of the energy would have to be imparted to the payload all at once, and the air resistance at such a high speed (even with a heavy payload) would be phenomenal (and both forces would be working against each other, further stressing the payload). Not only that, but the difficulty in building a frame to contain a high amount of energy in any form (PARTICULARLY potential kinetic) is one of engineering's greatest challenges.

would that be this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27646465)

Re:would that be this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27647953)

So its safe to assume that Israel also has this capability.

So many 'good' uses! (1)

Kabuthunk (972557) | more than 5 years ago | (#27648331)

The satellite has all-weather capability to take images of the Earth and would also be beneficial in mapping and managing natural disasters, such as floods and landslides, besides amplifying defence surveillance capabilities of the nation. It would also help keep track of ships at sea that could pose a threat.

Can't read TFA, since our work has it blocked for some bizarre reason (some seemingly arbitrary things are blocked), but the summary was a little amusing to me. They list off all these various ways that the satellite can be used for good things, that will benifit mankind!

WILL it be used for those good uses? I think we all know the answer to that one. I suppose I could attempt to be optimistic, but society as a whole has taught me that to do so is pointless and irrelevant.

The future of call centers (0)

heroine (1220) | more than 5 years ago | (#27648499)

Hopefully Indians can do more for themselves instead of being the back office grunt workers that they've been for everyone else.

Re:The future of call centers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27649207)

Indian bullocks driving the carts have flaps around their eyes - to prevent them from seeing "unnecessary" things around when pulling the cart - idea is to prevent them from freaking out.

It would take something of that sort for one to equate India with back office grunt workers. Have you looked outside of your hazy world yet? If there is a mirror around err.. in front of you that is, may be that will be a good start.

Also getting out more will help - just because your world revolves around back office jobs and people "stealing" them from you does not mean that's all there is.

Need for a satellite (1)

parallel_prankster (1455313) | more than 5 years ago | (#27649643)

Being an Indian, I can tell you that there is no need for an all weather satellite. Terrorists enter in broad daylight and in really good weather conditions sunglight and all and attack Indian cities. Spending this money on Border Security Force is a much better alternative.

Re:Need for a satellite (1)

anonymousNR (1254032) | more than 5 years ago | (#27650201)

With a strength of about 57 battalions, or 78,000 men, it is one of the world's largest border patrol forces.

BSF [wikipedia.org] India already has very good border security force with lots of resources. However, India still needs to invest in these satellite projects for scientific purposes which don't get pushed in country like India, unless "War on terrorism" clauses are used. Yes. I am an Indian too.

Re:Need for a satellite (1)

parallel_prankster (1455313) | more than 5 years ago | (#27650447)

India also has the worst terms with all of its neighbors :- China, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. With all the force you have mentioned, the problem of illegal immigration, supplying ammo and drugs across borders is huge in India. My point is that maybe we could supply money to these forces to modernize the BSF than use satellites to track terrorist activity, because it is not unknown to us as to when and where the terrorists come from. Its just lack of resources and corruption that is creating the problem of infiltration.

Indian launch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27649675)

If it's anything like thier software expect the following:

Kindly reboot your server for software updation.

Warm regards,

Patel

Death Star (1)

Stratocastr (1234756) | more than 5 years ago | (#27650279)

The United States should respond by launching *yet another* spy satellite. Design it like an orb, and name it the "Death Star". That should scare em...

Oh and don't forget to have a poll for naming the toilet module, so that it can be called COLBERT.

Begging India (1)

CountBrass (590228) | more than 4 years ago | (#27657703)

So can someone explain to me why it is that India can afford nuclear weapons and spy satellites but I regularly see begging tv adverts telling me I need to give generously because Indians can't afford proper eye care or to provide themselves with clean water?
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