ISRO Successfully Launches RISAT Satellite Aboard the PSLV-C46.

Vishal Chauhan, 22/05/2019
ISRO Successfully Launches RISAT Satellite Aboard the PSLV-C46.

The Indian Space Research Organisation, on Wednesday 22 May, successfully launched India's all-weather radar imaging earth observation satellite RISAT-2B on-board the PSLV–C46 rocket from the spaceport of Sriharikota.

The PSLV-C46 rocket is seen after the launc from Sriharikota.

The PSLV-C46 rocket is seen after the launc from Sriharikota.(Photo: ANI)

The workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), on its 48th mission, PSLV–C46, was scheduled for lift-off from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, at 5:30 am Wednesday, 22 May.

The 615 kg satellite, meant for applications in fields such as surveillance, agriculture, forestry and disaster management support, was released into orbit about 15 minutes after lift-off.

The RISAT-2B satellite injects into the Orbit.

The RISAT-2B satellite injects into the Orbit. (Photo: ANI)

ISRO Chairman K Sivan described the mission as "very very important" on Tuesday, 21 May but did not elaborate.

"Tomorrow morning at 5.30 am, we are going to have the PSLV-C46 mission which is going to launch satellite RISAT 2B and this is very important mission for India...It is an excellent satellite with hi-fi earth observation (capabilities)", he said.

Speaking to reporters after offering prayers at the famous Lord Venkateshwara temple in Tirupati ahead of the launch, Sivan said that after RISAT-2B, ISRO would turn to Chandrayaan-2 which is scheduled for launch between 9 and 16 July."

“Everybody is looking very eagerly for that mission and ISRO would look at landing the rover of Chandrayaan-2 (on lunar surface) by 6 September.”

-K Sivan, Chairman, ISRO

ISRO said the countdown for RISAT-2B began at 4:30 am, on Tuesday, 21 May and was progressing smoothly.

RISAT-2B, which would replace RISAT-2 launched in 2009, is equipped with synthetic aperture radar that can take pictures of earth day and night and also under cloudy conditions.

With a mission of life of five years, it would also be used for military surveillance, ISRO sources told PTI.

RISAT-2 has been actively used by India to monitor activities in camps across the border in Pakistan to thwart infiltration bids by terrorists.

PSLV-C46 is the 14th flight of the PSLV in its core-alone configuration sans the use of the solid strap-on motors. and would be the 72nd launch vehicle mission from Sriharikota and also marks the 36th launch from the first launch pad at the spaceport.

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