ISRO launches RISAT-2B successfully

Indian Space Research Organisation scripted history by launching Earth observation satellite RISAT-2B successfully in a pre-dawn launch today that would enhance the surveillance capability of India among others.

The trusted workhorse of the agency Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle blasted off from the first launch pad at 5:30 a.m. after 25 hour countdown that began on Tuesday concluded in Sriharikota carrying the 615 kg satellite on its 48th mission.

The RISAT-2B ( radar imaging satellite – 2B) is meant for application in areas like agriculture, disaster management support, forestry and surveillance and got released into the orbit nearly quarter an hour after the lift off.

This would be replacing the RISAT- 2 that was launched in 2009 successfully. Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation K Sivan had described the mission earlier as a very very important one for India.

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