The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) would launch India’s latest spy satellite RISAT-2BR1 and nine foreign satellites on Wednesday. The radar imaging earth observation satellite, RISAT-2BR1 would be launched through Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).
The workhorse PSLV, on its 50th mission, PSLV-C48 is scheduled to lift off from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at 3.25 PM, the Isro said.
PSLV will also carry nine foreign satellites during the launch. The foreign satellites include one from Israel, one from Italy, one from Japan and six from the USA.
Sixteen minutes into the launch, the PSLV rocket will sling RISAT-2BR1 and a minute later, the first of the nine customer satellites will be ejected into space.
The launch of the spy satellites and the other nine satellites is expected to conclude in about 21 minutes.
The countdown for the launch of PSLV-C48 mission commenced on Tuesday evening, Isro said.
“The countdown for the launch of #PSLVC48/#RISAT2BR1 mission commenced today at 1640 Hrs (IST) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota,” Isro said in a tweet.
According to the Isro, the co-passenger satellites are being launched under a commercial arrangement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL). The 628 kg satellite, meant for applications in various fields like agriculture, forestry and disaster management support.
Earlier, Isro Chairman K Sivan offered prayers at the Tirupati Balaji temple in Tirumala before the launch of satellites from PSLV C48.
While speaking to media, he said that PSLV C48 is a historic achievement by ISRO as this is the 50th launch for PSLV and 75th launch from Sriharikota.