Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) PSLV-C48 carrying earth obsesvation satellite RISAT-2BR1 and nine foreigns have been launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
Carrying nine satellites, one each from Israel, Italy, Japan and six from the United States, RISAT-2BR1, is meant for applications like agriculture, forest, disaster management, etc. Before the launch of RISAT (Remote Imaging Satellite), India depended on images furnished by Canadian satellite as the current domestic remote sensing spacecraft are not equipped to capture images of the earth during cold cover.
Watch Live: Launch of RISAT-2BR1 and 9 customer satellites by PSLV-C48 https://t.co/isQxtthNAR— ISRO (@isro) December 11, 2019
The ISRO stated that the setellites are being launched under a commercial arrangement with NewSpace India Ltd. The mission life of RISAT2-BR1 is five years. RISAT-2BR1 followes the launch of RISAT-2B in 22nd May. This is the second satellite in the RISAT-2B series and two more are expected to be launched in coming days to complete a quarter of these ‘spy satellites’.
By March 2020,the Indian space agency has planned to launch 13 space missions, including the successful CARTOSAT-3 launch and Wednesday’s slated RISAT-2BR1 launch. ISRO is also set to launch its most aspiring space mission. The Gaganyaan under which the ISRO will send three Indians to space on an Indian spacecraft.