RISAT-2B Deployed

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Satellite RISAT-2B was launched form the Satish Dhawan Space Centre successfully. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C46) deployed RISAT-2B into an orbit of 556 km, about 15 minutes and 25 seconds after lift-off. After separation, solar arrays of RISAT-2B were deployed automatically and ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) at Bengaluru assumed control of the satellite. According to ISRO, in the coming days, the satellite will be brought to its final operational configuration.

The satellite has been placed at a low earth orbit, and can help in detecting hostile installations, which will aid the country’s armed forces with the ability to keep track of activities across its eastern and western borders. The satellite is capable of keeping a lookout from space even in cloudy conditions.

RISAT-2B is a radar imaging earth observation satellite weighing about 615 kg. The satellite is intended to provide services in the field of agriculture, forestry and disaster management.

ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan said “RISAT-2B is an advanced earth observation satellite with an advanced technology of 3.6m radial rib antenna.”

The payload for mission, Vikram processor and low cost MEMS based Inertial Navigation System (INS) was developed by the Semi-Conductor Laboratory (SCL), Chandigarh, and the ISRO Inertial Systems Unit, Thiruvananthapuram, respectively. ISRO is now gearing up for the launch of Chandrayaan-2 in July 2019.

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