Book on PSLV@50 launched
PSLV-C48, which was lifted-off at 1525 Hrs (IST) from the First Launch Pad on 11 Dec 2019, successfully injected RISAT-2BR1 into an orbit of 576 km after 16 minutes and 23 seconds.
Subsequently, nine commercial satellites were injected into their intended orbits, said Department of Space.
After separation, the two solar arrays of RISAT-2BR1 were deployed automatically and the ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network at Bengaluru assumed control of the satellite.
In the coming days, the satellite will be brought to its final operational configuration.
“Today, we achieved an important milestone in the history of PSLV by successfully launching its 50th mission” Chairman, ISRO, Dr. K. Sivan declared.
A book titled ‘PSLV@50’ was released by Dr. Sivan on this occasion.
He further added that this versatile launcher has lifted off 52.7 tonne into space, of which 17% belongs to customer satellites.
RISAT-2BR1 is a radar imaging earth observation satellite weighing about 628 kg. The satellite will provide services in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Disaster Management. The mission life of RISAT-2BR1 is 5 years.
The nine customer satellites of Israel, Italy, Japan and USA were precisely injected into their designated orbits. These satellites were launched under a commercial arrangement with New Space India Limited (NSIL), a commercial company of the DOS.
PSLV-C48 is the 2nd flight of PSLV in ‘QL’ configuration (with 4 solid strap-on motors).
Besides being the 50th launch of PSLV, the 12 Dec 2019 launch was also the 75thlaunch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota. fiinews.com