The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has placed in orbit RISAT 2BRI (its latest RADAR imaging satellite) along with nine commercial satellites in a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) launch.
The commercial satellites or “co-passengers” were from other countries including Israel , Italy, Japan and USA.
PSLV C-48 was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. This was ISRO’s 50th PSLV launch, an important milestone for the space agency.
The RISAT 2BRI, which weighed 628 kg, was placed in a 576 km orbit.The satellite is a part of the reconnaissance series. It will help in bolstering India’s border monitoring measures and also aid in tracking forest cover, disaster management and disaster management.
K Sivan, ISRO Chief, thanked the team of scientists on the launch’s success. He also made way for more such missions in the future.
The international passengers are included in the commercial agreements with NewSpace india Ltd., the space agency had mentioned in a release earlier. This is ISRO’s second successful placement of foreign satellites in orbit.
A few weeks back, the Indian space agency had launched its satellite of cartographic applications with advanced spatial resolution. This marked the very first launch of foreign satellites under the NSIL agreements.
The recently launched PSLV C-48 was with QL configuration-it’s equipped with four strap-on motors on its sides.
PSLV C-49, the space agency’s next launch, is also scheduled in December.