The ISRO PSLV-C46 launch is all set to take off, and the Indian Space Research Organisation has started a countdown for the same. The countdown for ISRO PSLV-C46 launch started at 4:30 AM today. ISRO has made special arrangements for viewers to watch the PSLV-C46 launch live from the viewers gallery situated in Sriharikota, the online registrations for which have now been closed. However, viewers who cannot personally be present at Sriharikota can watch the PSLV-C46 launch live online 5:00 AM onwards.
The PSLV-C46 satellite will carry the RISAT-2B onboard. The PSLV-C46 mission will be the 72nd launch vehicle mission from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharkota, 48th flight of PSLV, 14th flight of PSLV core alone, 3rd launch of 2019 and 36th launch from the First Launch pad, is the 14th flight of PSLV in ‘core-alone’ configuration, which means without the use of solid strap-on motors.
PSLV-C46 Launch Details and What the RISAT-2B Satellite is Meant For
PSLV-C46 launch is bound to take place on 22 May 2019 at 5:27 AM IST subject to weather conditions. PSLV-C46 will launch RISAT-2B, which is a Radar imaging earth observation satellite developed by ISRO, and place it into an orbit of 555 km at an inclination of 37 degree. The satellite has the capability to monitor earth day and night, regardless of what the weather is like.
RISAT-2B has a mission life of 5 years, and can be applied in fields such as agriculture, forestry and disaster management support. The lift-off weight of RISAT-2B is 615Kg, says ISRO.
Where to Watch ISRO PSLV-C46 Launch Live Online
Viewers who do not mind waking up in the wee hours in the morning to take pride in watching the accomplishments of ISRO, can start watching the ISRO PSLV-C46 launch live from 5:00 AM IST onwards tonight on the official ISRO website on 22 May 2019. Also, Doordarshan usually relays ISRO launch live from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, on its YouTube Channel.