PSLV-C46 carrying RISAT-2B weighs 615kg, lifted off from the first launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota at 5.30am, as scheduled. This is the 48th flight of PSLV, 14th flight in 'core-alone' configuration where solid strap-on motors were not used and the fourth Satellite of the RISAT Satellite Series.
RISAT-2B will assist in areas such as satellite intelligence monitoring, agriculture, forest and disaster management cooperation. RISAT-2B can take high-resolution images of the earth during day and night, and also under cloudy conditions to keep an eye also on terror camps across the border in Pakistan.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) began the expansion of its radar imaging satellite fleet in space with the successful launch of Risat-2B.
RISAT-2B satellite will be used easily in reconnaissance activities, strategic supervisors and disaster management in any season. Synthetic aperture radar (abstract) imager with RISAT-2B satellite has been sent. This will keep communication services continuous.
Earlier on Tuesday, the ISRO chairman's Sivan went to Tirumala temple in Tirupati and worshiped him. It has been the tradition of ISRO that Lord Venkateswara is worshiped by visiting Tirumala temple of Tirupati before all the launches.
Explain that this satellite will help in natural disasters. Through this satellite, excellent pictures can be taken from space to ground up to 3 feet in height. Satellite of this series was developed after 26/11 Mumbai attacks to stop the monitoring of boundaries and infiltration.
ISRO chairman K Sivan said, “ Mission carried an indigenously made Vikram processor, made by Semi-Conductor Laboratory, and a low cost aided navigation system."
With a mission life of five years, the radar imaging earth observation satellite with its X-band radar will provide services in the fields of agriculture, forestry and disaster management support. Its X-band synthetic aperture radar can give added details such as the size of objects on Earth, structures, movement and change. The information will complement data from the normal optical remote-sensing satellites. Such data are useful for agencies that need ground imageries during cloud, rain and in the dark.
According to ISRO, Regular Remote Sensing or Optical Imaging Satellite cannot show the condition of things on the ground as the cloud remains. Synthetic aperture radar (abstract) will cure this deficiency. Whether it is night, cloudy or rain in every season, it will release the correct picture of the object. This will greatly help in disaster relief and the security forces.
Another radar image satellite named 'RISAT-2BR' of India is also planning to launch this year. ISRO has planned a series of radar imagers in the coming months to enhance its space-based observation of Earth and the Indian region.