SRIHARIKOTA - In a pre-dawn launch on Wednesday, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C46 successfully placed the earth observation satellite Radar Imaging Satellite-2B (RISAT-2B) into the orbit, further boosting India's space-based surveillance capabilities.
The PSLV lifted off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at around 5:30 am.
"PSLV C-46 RISAT-2B mission an outstanding success," said the space agency. [image: View image on Twitter] link
Here's a shot of the first stage separation.
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The RISAT-2B, which will replace RISAT-2 that was launched in 2009, is meant for application in fields such as surveillance, agriculture, forestry and disaster management support.
The satellite has a mission life of five years and is equipped with a synthetic aperture radar that can take pictures of the earth during day and night, and also under cloudy conditions.
It will also be used for military surveillance. ISRO had launched RISAT-1, a microwave remote sensing satellite, in 2012.
PSLV-C46 is the 48th mission of PSLV. It launched the RISAT-2B from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of SDSC, said a statement released by ISRO .
PSLV-C46 is the 14th flight of PSLV in 'core-alone' configuration (without the use of solid strap-on motors). It was the 72nd launch vehicle mission from Sriharikota and also marked the 36th launch from the first launch pad.