New Delhi: Strengthening its presence in the space further, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched RISAT-2BR1 and 9 customer satellites by PSLV-C48 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota on Wednesday.
The spy satellite, weighing about 628 kg, was launched onboard Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C48 at 3:25 PM from the first launchpad (FLP) of the SDSC in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
Notably, this is the 50th mission of PSLV-C48 by the ISRO. Additionally, this is also the 75th and 37th launch mission for SDSC and FLP, respectively.
This satellite, the ISRO says that will be used for agriculture, forestry and disaster management activities, it remains silent on RISAT-2BR1s strategic utility.
As per updates, the rocket will sling RISAT-2BR1 just over 16 minutes into its flight, and then the first of the nine customer satellites will be ejected.
The whole launch mission will conclude in about 21 minutes when the last of the customer satellites will be put into orbit.
The ISRO has so far put into orbit 310 foreign satellites and with this mission, if successful, then that number will go up to 319.
Powered by solid and liquid fuels alternatively, the PSLV-QL is a four-stage/engine expendable rocket which has four strap-on booster motors to give additional thrust during the initial flight stages.
As per the latest update from the ISRO, the RISAT-2BR1 satellite has successfully placed in orbit by PSLV C48. In another update, the ISRO said that all 9 customer satellites (from Israel, Italy, Japan and USA) have successfully placed in their designated orbit by PSLV C48.