June 1, 2019, The Liberacy:- The 25-hour countdown, that began on Tuesday, 28th May ended with the lift-off of PSLV-C46 carrying the Radar Imaging Satellite- 2B (RISAT-2B) on Wednesday morning at 05:30 am.
- RISAT-2B is a 615 Kg surveillance satellite, which is integrated with the synthetic aperture, that holds the capability of taking pictures in day, night and even in the most cloudy conditions.
- Due to its high surveillance capability, it has been named as the Spy satellite of India.
RISAT-2B will be used for Surveillance purpose near the border areas, which includes anti-terrorism combats, Agriculture and it will play as a great help in Disaster Management.
RISAT-2B will have a life of 5 years into the Indian Space Surveillance and will replace the working RISAT-2, which was launched into the orbit in 2009.
RISAT-2B was placed into its orbit after 15 minutes and 30 seconds of its launch.
RISAT-2B has the major two payloads and they are,
- Indigenously Developed Process, named as Vikram Processor, which was developed by Semi-Conductor Laboratory (SCL), Chandigarh.
- Low-cost MEMS-based Inertial Navigation System (INS), developed by ISRO Inertial System Unit, Thiruvananthapuram.
PSLV-C46 marked the 14th flight of the Polar Satellite Launching Vehicle (PSLV) and the 72nd launch mission from Sriharikota. PSLV-C46 was launched from the first launching pad and that marks the 36th mission from the first launch pad.
ISRO Chairman, K Sivan, in an official statement, gave away the much-awaited information about the Chandrayaan-2 mission and said that it will be launched between July 9-16 and will land on the surface of the moon on September 6.