The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch India’s latest spy satellite RISAT-2BR1 and nine foreign satellites on Wednesday. The radar imaging earth observation satellite, RISAT-2BR1 will be launched through Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and is scheduled to lift off from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on 3:25 pm.
PSLV will also carry nine foreign satellites during the launch. The foreign satellites include one from Israel, one from Italy, and one from Japan and six from the USA.
â€œPSLV C48 is a historic achievement by ISRO as this is the 50th launch for PSLV and 75th launch from Sriharikotaâ€ informed Isro Chairman K Sivan.
“The countdown for the launch of PSLVC48/ RISAT2BR1 mission began on Tuesday at 4:40 pm from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota,” Isro said in a tweet.
According to the Isro, the co-passenger satellites are being launched under a commercial arrangement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL). The 628 kg satellite, meant for applications in various fields like agriculture, forestry and disaster management support.