Soon after its injection into orbit, the two solar
panels of the satellite were automatically deployed and, subsequently, the
spacecraft was put in 3-axis stabilized mode. Commands were issued today
(October 18, 2003), from the Spacecraft Control Centre of the ISRO Telemetry
Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) at Bangalore to release the payload
steering mechanism of the Linear Imaging Self-Scanning Sensor (LISS-4) that
will enable the camera to take stereoscopic imageries. The camera was held down
during the launch phase. The Star Sensor, which is used for accurately
orienting the satellite, has also been switched on for initial tests.
RESOURCESAT-1 is being tracked by ISTRAC through a network of ground stations
at Bangalore, Lucknow, Mauritius, Biak in Indonesia and Bearslake in Russia,
for executing critical operations on the spacecraft and to precisely determine
the orbit of the satellite to carry out fine-tuning of its orbit. All systems
of the satellite are working well.