ISRO successfully launches RISAT2B surveillance satellite into Low Earth Orbit

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 22 May 2019

​ISRO launches RISAT-2B surveillance satellite.

It will keep an eye on activities across LoC.

The satellite will also provide services to forestry and disaster management domains.

ISRO successfully launches RISAT2B surveillance satellite into Low Earth Orbit

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Indian Space Research Agency (ISRO) has successfully launched RISAT-2B (Radar Imaging Satellite-2B), a radar imaging earth observation satellite that can take high resolution images of the earth during day and night, and also under cloudy conditions with the help of a synthetic aperture radar. Apart from surveillance, the satellite intendeds to provide services to agriculture, forestry and disaster management domains. The PSLVC46, which carried RISAT-2B, lifted-off at 05:30am from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota.

PSLV-C46 was the 72nd launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota, ISRO said. About 15 minutes and 30 seconds after lift-off, RISAT-2B was injected into an orbit of 555 km at an inclination of 37 degree to the equator. “This is a very, very important mission for India. It is an excellent satellite with hi-fi earth observation (capabilities),” PTI (via The Economic Times) quoted ISRO Chairman K Sivan as saying.

PSLVC46 successfully lifts-off carrying RISAT2B into Low Earth Orbit.

The satellite will replace the RISAT-2, which was launched in 2009. India uses RISAT-2 to monitor terrorists activities at the borders adjacent to Pakistan and thwart their infiltration bids. The satellite also helped Indian intelligence agencies to plan surgical strike in 2016 in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) and the Balakot aerial strike earlier this year. The RISAT-2B has a lifespan of five years and will also be used for military surveillance.

RISAT2B separation image captured by onboard camera.

ISRO is planning to launch a few more all-weather radar imaging RISAT satellites in the next one year. It is also preparing to launch Chandrayaan-2 in July which will land on Moon in September. The rocket carrying Chandrayaan-2 is expected to lift-off from SDSC. Chandrayaan-2 consists of three modules: the orbiter, lander (Vikram), and rover (Pragyan). The first two will be interfaced mechanically and stacked together as a single integrated module inside the launch rocket.

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