India has placed a spy satellite, RISAT-2BR1, and nine customer satellites in orbit on the 50th mission of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.
- All satellites, including RISAT-2BR1, placed in orbit
- Customer satellites from US, Israel, Italy, Japan
- Launch vehicle took off at 3.25 pm
India on Wednesday launched its latest spy satellite, RISAT-2BR1, and nine foreign satellites through the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), which is on its 50th mission.
RISAT-2BR1 is a radar imaging earth observation satellite developed by India’s space agency Isro; apart from being used for military purposes, it has applications in fields such as agriculture and disaster management support.
RISAT-2BR1 has a mission life of five years.
The other satellites include six from the United States, and one each from Japan, Italy and Israel; their applications range from remote sensing to earth imaging.
Some significant launches by PSLV include Chandrayaan-1, the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) and a record launch of 104 satellites in one go.
The launch vehicle, PSLV-C48, took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, at 3.25 pm.
RISAT-2BR1 was placed in orbit arond 16 minutes after liftoff, and the nine customer satellites were released into orbit around five minutes later.
“I am extremely happy to declare that the 50th PSLV vehicle successfully injected RISAT-2BR1 precisely into the 576 km orbit,” said Isro chief K Sivan.
Today’s launch marks milestones other than PSLV’s 50th mission: it is also the 75th launch vehicle mission from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, and the sixth launch of 2019.