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Countdown to PSLV-C46 launch begins; to carry earth observation satellite

The satellite will help agriculture, forestry and give disaster management support

T E Narasimhan  |  Chennai 

The PSLV-C46
The PSLV-C46

Countdown for the launch of began at 04:30 am (IST) today from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. This will be the third launch in 2019 alone. The launch is scheduled at 05:30 am (IST) on Wednesday. PSLV-C46, the 48th mission of PSLV, will launch RISAT-2B, a radar imaging earth observation satellite.

is the 14th flight of in 'core-alone' configuration, a type which does not use solid strap-on motors. This will be the 72nd launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota, and the 36th launch from the First Launch pad.

will carry the 615-kg RISAT-2B into an orbit of 555 km at an inclination of 37 degrees, said officials. The project would help agriculture, and will give support.

Meanwhile, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K Sivan on Tuesday visited Lord Venkateshwara in Tirupati on the eve of the launch.

First Published: Tue, May 21 2019. 11:29 IST