ISRO to launch RISAT-2B using PSLV-C46 on May 22

CHENNAI: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)  will launch RISAT-2B, a radar imaging earth observation satellite,  using its workhorse launch vehicle PSLV-C46 from the spaceport of  Sriharikota on May 22.
ISRO sources said on Saturday that the launch would take place from  First Launch Pad and it was tentatively scheduled at 0527 hrs, subject to weather conditions.
PSLV-C46 is the 48th mission of PSLV and the 14th flight 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 Launchpad.
RISAT-2B will be placed into an orbit of 555 km at an inclination of 37 deg to the equator.
As done in PSLV-C45 launch, ISRO has also made provision for public  to view the launch from recently opened Viewer’s gallery at the  Satish Dhawan Space Centre and online registration for it will start  five days before the launch.
Prior to the launch, the Mission Readiness Review Committee would meet at SDSC and after the Launch Authorisation Board gave its  clearance, the countdown for the launch would commence during which the process of propellant filling in the four-stage vehicle would take place. (AGENCIES)