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.
“PSLV C48 is a historic achievement by ISRO as this is the 50th launch for PSLV and 75th launch from Sriharikota” 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.