India Lifts Off RISAT-2BR1 With 9 Commercial Satellites Onboard PSLV-C48

Recently the ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) effectively launched an Earth observation satellite, RISAT-2BR1, along with 9 other commercial satellites of four foreign nations onboard the PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) C48. The satellite was lifted off from SDSC (Satish Dhawan Space Centre) in Sriharikota. A statement circulated by ISRO following the successful launch of the satellite stated, “RISAT-2BR1 satellite is effectively positioned in the orbit by PSLV C48. All 9 client satellites (from Italy, Israel, Japan, and the U.S.) are successfully located in their designated orbit by PSLV C48.”

India Lifts Off RISAT-2BR1 With 9 Commercial Satellites Onboard PSLV-C48

The television images showed the rocket released from the launch pad emitting a clear orange flame from its tail and going upward in the sky. As reported by ISRO, PSLV-C48 is the 50th operation of PSLV. The RISAT-2BR1 is a radar imaging Earth surveillance satellite weighing 628 Kg. ISRO stated it was positioned in an orbit of 576 Km at a leaning angle of 37°. The 9 customer satellites—1 each from Italy, Israel, and Japan, and 6 from the U.S.—were launched under a commercial agreement between these nations and NSIL (New Space India Limited), Department of Space, India. In November, ISRO effectively launched Cartosat-3 and Cartosat-13 nanosatellites in the Sun-synchronous orbit aboard PSLV-C47.

Similarly, the ISRO was in news for seeking additional financial support for the Chandrayaan-3 mission in November 2020. The Indian space agency has requested an extra distribution of INR 75 Crore over and above the current budget for the country’s next lunar mission Chandrayaan-3—that is anticipated to be launched by November 2020. The ISRO has claimed 11% extra funds than the existing planned budget of INR 666 Crore. According to a news agency Times of India, the funding has been requested under the stipulation of an additional budget for the financial year 2019–2020 for the Chandrayaan-3 mission.

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