03 Jan 2020
The Indian Space Research Organisation is gearing up to launch an earth observation satellite, days after launching the similar CARTOSAT-3. Isro will launch the RISAT-2BR1 satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on December 11.
The RISAT-2BR1 is the second satellite in the RISAT-2B series and along with the CARTOSAT-3 is part of a widely whispered about not formally acknowledged group of 'spy' satellites that will boost the Indian military's carry out Earth surveillance from the space. The first satellite in the RISAT-2B series was launched earlier this year to replace the ageing RISAT-2, which went out of commission. The RISAT-2BR1 will launch on December 11 and will be followed by another satellite of the RISAT-2B series later month. A fourth RISAT-2B type satellite will be launched later to complete a quartet of spy satellites with advance earth imaging abilities.
The RISAT-2BR1 will be launched on December 11 onboard the 'workhorse' of the Indian Space Research Organisation -- the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket. According to the Isro, this will be the 50th mission of the PSLV.