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Photo Gallery: PSLV-C46 to launch radar imaging earth observation satellite RISAT-2B on Wednesday

May 21, 2019, 18:52 PM IST
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Two joined segment of PSLV-C46 Core Stage at Mobile Service Tower

PSLV-C46 will launch RISAT-2B, a Radar imaging earth observation satellite, from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota at 5:30 am on 22 May 22. This is the 48th mission of the PSLV. 

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Hoisting of PSLV-C46 third and fourth stage

PSLV-C46 is the 14th flight of PSLV in 'core-alone' configuration (without the use of solid strap-on motors). This will be the 72nd launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota and 36th launch from the First Launch pad. RISAT-2B will be placed into an orbit of 555 km at an inclination of 37 degree.

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PSLV-C46 Third and Fourth stages at Stage Preparation Facility

As done in PSLV-C45 launch, ISRO has also made provision for public to view the launch from recently opened Viewer’s gallery at Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota.

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Hoisting of PSLV-C46 second stage during vehicle integration

ISRO Chairman K Sivan on Tuesday said that PSLV-C 46 satellite will focus on the movements of terrorists in border areas. Sivan added that the satellite will help the security forces wipe out terrorism from the country by helping them spot the hideouts of the terrorists near border areas.

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Hoisting of an interstage during PSLV-C46 integrationPSLV-C 46

"The rocket will take RISAT 2 BR 1 satellite into space. The satellite will focus on terrorists' movements and their hideouts in the borders," ISRO chairman was quoted as saying by ANI. Sivan added that PSLV-C 46 satellite's life span is five years. He added that the Bengaluru-based ISRO is also focused on launching Chandrayan 2 in July next year. 

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