India’s first private spy satellite named TSAT-1A, built by Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) in collaboration with the Latin American company Satellogic Inc. is set to launch by SpaceX rocket in April. This satellite will be used by Indian defense forces to gather discreet information and also this information will be shared with friendly nations, Report informs via Indian Space & Technology.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has its own satellites capable of capturing images, but their use is somewhat restricted. Currently, India relies on American companies to obtain the required spy data. It’s worth noting that only a few countries, like the US, Russia, China, and now India with this TASL satellite, have access to this advanced technology.

The ground control center for the TSAT-1A satellite is being established in Bengaluru and is currently under development. It’s anticipated to become operational in the near future. This center will play a crucial role in guiding the satellite and processing the images it captures. Satellogic is also collaborating in the construction of this ground station.

The Tata satellite was built at the Karnataka facility of Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) and is now being transported to Florida for launch. TASL can manufacture 25 such satellites annually with multiple payloads as per the requirements of defense forces.