PSLV along with RISAT-2B was launched

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) was launched on Wednesday along with radar imaging earth observation satellite RISAT-2B lifted from the first launch pad of the rocket port.

Soon after 15 minutes of rocket launch it would eject the 615 kg RISAT-2B into about 555-km orbit.

The RISAT-2B with a life span of five years will be utilised for agriculture, forestry and disaster management support, according to the ISRO.

The satellite will also be utilised for monitoring purposes while the ISRO is silent on this regard.

“There is enhanced demand for satellites of strategic sectors. About six/seven satellites are planned to be built,” a senior official.

The PSLV is a four-stage engine rocket. It has alternating solid and liquid fuel.

The rocket will have six strap-on devices holding its first stage.

The satellite of 44.4-metre tall that flew on Wednesday with RISAT-2B was the ‘core alone’ alternative without the strap-on motors.

The decision of the rocket to be applied for a mission depends on the weight of the satellite and the orbit where the satellite has to be orbited.

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