New Delhi: As the search operation to locate the debris of the missing Indian Air Force AN-32 got underway, the indigenous imagery satellite on Sunday gave some pointers to possible floating objects. Ships and area indicated are being searched.
However, so far, nothing has been sighted as yet but the search efforts continue. As per the current update, another indigenous satellite would be used for further surveillance on Monday (25 July).
The Indian space agency had announced on Saturday that they would be using their Radar Imaging Satellite (RISAT) that can see through the clouds to locate the missing Indian Air Force (IAF) plane that went missing on Friday morning with 29 people on board.
"We will be using RISAT to locate the missing aircraft. The satellite can take pictures both during the day and night. It can see through the clouds," Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman AS Kiran Kumar told IANS.
He said ISRO's satellites could be tilted to some extent to look at a different place in times of need.
The RISAT's active microwave remote sensing provides cloud penetration and day-night imaging capability.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar earlier today reviewed the ongoing search operations to locate the missing Indian Air Force aircraft AN-32 as search operations so far have remianed unfruitful.
He visited INS Rajali, the Naval Air Station at Arakkonam on Saturday and was briefed on the search operations undertaken.
The Minister directed that if need arises more resources will be diverted for the search and rescue operations.
AN-32 military aircraft went missing on Friday while flying from Chennai to Port Blair with 29 people on board.
Meanwhile, the Defence authorities have already informed the families of the 6 crew members and the 23 other personnel.
A submarine was also rushed to the probable area. The signals of the locator beacon of the aircraft hold the key to the search operation.