In a historic move, the Indian space research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched RISAT 2B satellite from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) from Sriharikota on Wednesday. The surveillance satellite was launched using India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C46.
PSLV-C46 lifted off from the first launch pad when the 25 hour countdown that began on Tuesday concluded at 5.30 am this morning. The satellite was injected into the orbit of 555 km at an inclination of 37 degree to the equator right after 15 minutes and 30 seconds from take off.
RISAT-2B is radar imaging earth observation satellite weighing about 615 kg. The satellite is intended to provide internet services in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Disaster management. The satellite is said to be most advanced earth observation satellite, operating in spotlight mode and mosaic mode. RISAT-2B will replace RISAT-2 launched in 2009.
ISRO chairman Dr K Sivan congratulated the team involved in the mission and said “With this launch PSLV lofts 50 tonnes to space by launching 354 satellites including national, student and foreign satellites.” He added “RISAT-2B is an advanced Earth Observation satellite with an advanced technology of 3.6m radial rib antenna.”
ISRO is now gearing up for Chandrayaan-2 using GSLV MkIII scheduled to be launched in September 2019.