PSLV-C46 carrying earth observation satellite RISAT-2B (Image: ISRO)

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scripted history on Wednesday by successfully launching earth observation satellite RISAT-2B that would enhance the country’s surveillance capabilities among others.

As the 25-hour countdown which began on Tuesday concluded, the agency’s trusted workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C46) blasted off at 5.30 am from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota on its 48th mission, carrying the 615 kg satellite.

The RISAT-2B or Radar Imaging Satellite-2B, meant for application in fields such as surveillance, agriculture, forestry and disaster management support, was released into the orbit around 15 minutes after the lift-off.

ISRO chairman K Sivan called this a very important mission for India. According to ISRO sources, with a mission life of five years, the satellite would also be used for military surveillance.