After the launch of PSLV-C47 and Cartosat-3 on 27 November, The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is now preparing for the launch of Spy Satellite RISAT-2BR1 on 11 December,2019. It will be launched with the help of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) PSLV-C48 rocket from Sriharikota on December 11.
RISAT is a Radar-imaging earth observation satellite and ISRO has planned to launch 4-5 advanced RISAT series satellite to boost the surveillance system of Indian Borders. Risat-2BR1 is the 2nd advanced satellite of RISAT series.
Earlier on 22 May 2019, ISRO had launched the RISAT-2B with the help of PSLV-C46. RISAT-2B is Disaster Management System and Earth Observation satellite. According to ISRO sources, at least 4 satellites are required to keep surveillance on a particular spot on a daily basis.
After the launch of RISAT-2BR1 on 11 December, ISRO will also launch RISAT-2BR2 in the second half this month.
The bunch of RiSAT satellites can see through clouds and at night too, will do 24×7 border surveillance and help check infiltration and keep an eye on anti-national activities across the borders. In 2016 Surgical Strike, Indian Army had taken the help of RISAT satellite images.
This is the 50th flight of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). ISRO has launched total 49 PSLV missions from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.
Apart from RISAT-2BR1 satellite, ISRO will also launch microsatellite QPS-SAR developed by iQPS, a Japanese company, and four Lemur 2 CubeSats for US-based space-to-cloud data and analytics company Spire Global with the help of PSLV-C48 on December 11.
On 27 November 2019, ISRO chief K.Sivan said, “We are targeting to launch 13 missions — six rocket launches and seven satellite missions by March, 2020. Our hands are full.”