India Successfully Launches Earth Observation Satellite
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C46) successfully launched its RISAT-2B Earth Observation (EO) satellite from Satish Dhawan Space Center (SDSC) on Wednesday. PSLV-C46 lifted-off at 5:30 IST from the First Launch Pad and injected RISAT-2B into a orbit of 556 kilometers (km), about 15 minutes and 25 seconds after lift-off. After separation, solar arrays of RISAT-2B were deployed automatically and ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) at Bengaluru assumed control of the satellite. In the coming days, the satellite will be brought to its final operational configuration.
RISAT-2B is a radar imaging EO satellite weighing about 615 kilograms (kg). The satellite is intended to provide services in the fields of agriculture, forestry, and disaster management.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan congratulated the launch vehicle and satellite teams involved in the mission. “With this launch, PSLV lofts 50 tonnes to space by launching 354 satellites, including national, student and foreign satellites.”