Tirumala (Andhra Pradesh): Countdown has begun for the launch of PSLV-C 46 satellite on Wednesday that will be an earth observation satellite with high accurate observations, ISRO Chairman K Sivan said on Tuesday.
Earlier, ANI had erroneously reported that ISRO chairman Sivan said that the satellite to be launched tomorrow will help India combat the menace of terrorism and aide security forces to spot the hideouts of the terrorists near border areas. Sivan did not make any such comments.
He told reporters that after offering prayers at the Venkateswara Temple here that this PSLV-C 46 mission will be launch at 5:30 in the morning and will carry onboard satellite RISAT-2B.
“This is a very important mission as far India is concerned. It’s an excellent satellite. This is an earth observation satellite for remote sensing operation and is a very high, accurate observation,” he said.
Sivan said that subsequently, ISRO’s next mission will be the launch of Chandrayaan-2 between July 9 and 16 which will land on the moon on September 16.
The 25-hour countdown for the launch of earth observation satellite onboard PSLV C-46 began at 4:30 in the morning.
PSLV C-46 will launch the RISAT-2B, a radar imaging earth observation satellite, from the first launch pad at SHAR Range Sriharikota.
Reportedly, PSLV in its 48th mission will carry the 615-kg RISAT-2B into an orbit of 555 km at an inclination of 37 degrees. Notably, this will be the 72nd launch vehicle mission from Shar and 36th launch from the First Launch Pad.
In addition, it is the 14th flight of PSLV in the core-alone configuration.