India’s surveillance satellite RISAT-2BR1 successfully put in orbit

India’s most advanced surveillance satellite was placed into orbit on Wednesday from Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota. The radar imaging earth observation satellite RISAT-2BR1 was launched by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on board the PLSV-C48 rocket.

The rocket had nine foreign satellites on board the rocket that was on its 50th mission.

The 44.4 metre tall rocket lifted off majestically at 3:25pm local time. In just 16 minutes in its flight, the rocket slung RISAT-2BR1 into an orbit of 576 km above Earth. It will have a life of five years.

A minute later, the first of the nine satellites were ejected.

The launch mission concluded in about 21 minutes.

RISAT-2BR1, a 628 kg satellite, is meant for applications by the military and various fields like agriculture, forestry and disaster management support.

The satellite gives India the capability to accurately identify two objects separated by just 35 cm and be useful in military applications.

From nine other satellites, six satellites belonged to the United States and one each from Italy, Japan and Israel. It was the sixth launch by ISRO in 2019.

The PSLV has a track record of 48 successful missions out of 50 launches. It has placed around 310 foreign satellites with the first mission in September 1993.

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