ISRO launches PSLV earth observation satellite

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the PSLVC46 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota on Wednesday.

PSLVC46 has successfully injected the RISAT-2B radar earth observation satellite into a 555 km-altitude orbit.

“This is a very important mission as far India is concerned. It’s an excellent satellite. This is an earth observation satellite for remote sensing operation and is a very high, accurate observation,”ISRO Chairman K Sivan said on Tuesday.

Sivan said that subsequently, ISRO’s next mission will be the launch of Chandrayaan-2 between July 9 and 16 which will land on the moon on September 16.

The 25-hour countdown for the launch of earth observation satellite onboard PSLV C-46 began at 4:30 in the morning.

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PSLV C-46 will launch the RISAT-2B, a radar imaging earth observation satellite, from the first launch pad at SHAR Range Sriharikota.

Reportedly, PSLV in its 48th mission will carry the 615-kg RISAT-2B into an orbit of 555 km at an inclination of 37 degrees. Notably, this will be the 72nd launch vehicle mission from Shar and 36th launch from the First Launch Pad.

In addition, it is the 14th flight of PSLV in the core-alone configuration.

(With ANI inputs)

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