New Delhi (Sputnik): The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched RISAT-2B, a radar-imaging earth observation satellite, on Wednesday morning using the workhorse PSLV-C46 from the Sriharikota space port near Chennai. About 15 minutes into the flight, the rocket placed the RISAT-2B into orbit at about 557 km.
The satellite is capable of capturing views even in cloudy conditions and provide much needed support to track hostile activities near the northern and western border.
"The rocket had a piggy back payload, the indigenously developed Vikram computer chip that will be used in the future rockets", ISRO's chairman said after the successful launch.
PSLV-C46 is the 48th PSLV mission and the 14th "core-alone" flight configuration (these are flights without the use of solid strap-on motors).
ISRO stated that the RISAT-2B will help in monitoring agriculture, forestry, and disaster zones.
The RISAT-2B is equipped with a special X-band radar capable of providing much better images than currently available RISAT series satellites which are unable to provide high resolution images in heavy cloud cover.
ISRO officials said that over six satellites have been planned in the coming months to form a constellation of space-based radars offering a comprehensive cover over the country.