ISRO to launch PSLV-C48 with spy satellite, 9 foreign customer satellites today


Sriharikota: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)  is all set to launch India’s latest spy satellite RISAT-2BR1 and nine foreign satellites today.

The radar imaging earth observation satellite, RISAT-2BR1 would be launched through Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

RISAT-2BR1 and nine foreign satellites will be launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

The other nine foreign satellites, which will be blasted off to space along with Indian spy satellite are international customer satellites that are being launched under a commercial arrangement with New Space India Limited (NSIL).

These satellites are — USA’s multi-mission Lemur-4 satellites, technology demonstration Tyvak-0129, earth imaging 1HOPSAT, Israel’s remote sensing Duchifat-3, Italy’s search and rescue Tyvak-0092, and Japan’s QPS-SAR – a radar imaging earth observation satellite.

The space agency said that all 10 satellites will be sent to space through the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle rocket (PSLV-C48) at 3:25 pm. The rocket will launch from the first launch pad at Sriharikota Space Centre and place RISAT-2BR1, which weighs around 628 kg and has a life of five years, into an orbit of 576 km.

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