RISAT-2B to launch on Wednesday. The countdown for the Wednesday launch of India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) carrying the radar imaging earth observation satellite has begun on Tuesday, said an ISRO official.
According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) official, the 25-hour countdown for the PSLV launch started at 4.30am on Tuesday.
The PSLV-C46 as per ISRO’s numbering system, will lift-off from the first launch pad at the rocket port in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh at about 5.30am on Wednesday.
The rocket will carry the RISAT-2B weighing 615 kg which will beef up India’s surveillance capabilities from the sky.
ISRO informs that the RISAT-2B satellite will be used for agriculture, forestry and disaster management.
About 15 minutes into its flight, the rocket will place the RISAT-2B into an orbit of about 555 km.
The PSLV rocket, that will fly on Wednesday, is the core alone variant without the strap on motors.
India also plans to launch another radar imaging satellite named RISAT-2BR later this year.