The launch was the fiftieth from the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle stable of ISRO, crossing a significant milestone for the workhorse launch vehicle from the space agency. The 628-kg RISAT 2BR1 was placed in an orbit of 576 km. The satellite, part of the a reconnaissance series, is expected to bolster the country's border monitoring measures besides aiding in disaster management, agriculture and tracking forest cover.
A visibly elated ISRO Chief K Sivan thanked his team of scientists on the successful launch and laid out the path for more launches in the future.
According to an earlier release from ISRO, the international passengers are part of commercial agreements with NewSpace India Ltd. The launch on Wednesday marks the second successful placement of foreign satellites in orbit by the Indian space agency. A few weeks ago, ISRO launched its latest satellite of cartographic applications with advanced spatial resolution, marking the first-ever launch of foreign satellites under NewSpace India agreements.
The PSLV C-48 launched on Wednesday was in the QL configuration, meaning four strap-on motors. It was the 75th launch mission from the Sriharikota launch pad.
According to an earlier release from American rideshare coordinator, the PSLV C-48 was booked to carry Japan’s iQPS microsatellite, and American corporation Spire Global’s 4-unit fleet to strengthen its focus on maritime, aviation and weather data tracking.
ISRO’s next launch, the PSLV c49, also scheduled for the month, will take RF monitoring satellites of Luxembourg’s Kleos and more from Spire Global.
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3 Comments on this Story
Sanjeev Karambelkar445 days ago
Hats Off to our great ISRO
Benoy Kumar Kumar446 days ago
Best wishes from me. Jai Bharat Jai Hind.
realdeshbhakt 446 days ago
indians can build rockets and satellites but can not build a functioning sewage system or road without potholes or toilets in trains