On Wednesday, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) wrote down its history by successfully launching the RISAT-2B earth observation satellite to enhance the country’s monitoring capabilities among others.
As the 25-hour countdown that began on Tuesday concluded, the trusted workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C46) from the Satish Dhawan Space Center’s first launch pad in Andhra Pradesh’s ISRO Sriharikota on its 48th mission, carrying the 615 kg satellite, blasted off at 5.30 am.
The satellite would also be used for military surveillance with a mission life of five years. India has actively used the RISAT-2 to monitor activities in border-crossing camps in Pakistan to thwart terrorist bids for infiltration.
The PSLV-C46 was the PSLV’s 14th flight without the use of solid strap-on motors in its core-alone configuration. It was ISRO Sriharikota‘s 72nd launch vehicle mission and marked the 36th ISRO launch from the first launch pad as well.