The Indian Space Research Organisation has successfully launched the Earth observation satellite RISAT-2B from Sriharikota. ISRO‘s trusted workhorse PSLV-C46 carrying RISAT-2B blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 5:30 this morning. The 615 kg satellite was released into the orbit 15 minutes after the lift-off. RISAT-2B meant for application in fields such as surveillance, agriculture, forestry, and disaster management support. It will replace the RISAT-2, which was launched in 2009.
Soon after the Earth Observation Satellite RISAT-2B launch, ISRO Chairman K Sivan said this particular mission is really important in the sense that PSLV has crossed a landmark of launching 50 tonnes into space. Shivan said, there are several new features in RISAT-2B. Dr. Sivan said it is having expanded Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) making it an advanced earth observation satellite, operating in spotlight mode, mode, and mosaic mode.
Earth Observation Satellite RISAT-2B Launched ISRO
In the coming months, ISRO will launch the much-anticipated lunar mission Chandrayaan 2 between July 9 to 16. More than 10 satellites, which are in different stages of production, are in the pipeline. The space agency will launch Cartosat-3, the first in a new series of high-resolution optical surveillance satellites and Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle F10 and F11 missions.