Sriharikota, December 11: The RISAT-2BR1, India’s own advanced spy satellite, is all set to be launched by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on Wednesday. The ambitious launch will take place from Sriharikota rocket port in Andhra Pradesh. The live streaming of the launch of RISAT-2BR1 can be seen online at 3.25 PM on ISRO’s YouTube Channel.
Along with RISAT-2BR1, nine foreign satellites will also be launched today. According to ISRO, the countdown for the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle began at 4.40 pm on Tuesday evening.
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket is expected to blast off from the first launch pad at 3.25 pm on Wednesday. It will carry RISAT-2BR1 a radar imaging earth observation satellite weighing about 628 kg. The Indian satellite will be placed into an orbit of 576 km and is set to have a life of five years.
The nine foreign satellites that will be launched along the RISAT-2BR1 include from the USA (multi-mission Lemur-4 satellites, technology demonstration Tyvak-0129, earth imaging 1HOPSAT), Israel (remote sensing Duchifat-3), Italy (search and rescue Tyvak-0092) and Japan (QPS-SAR – a radar imaging earth observation satellite).