ISRO chairman Sivan prays at Tirupati temple ahead of PSLV launch

File photo of Sivan at Tirupati.

Sriharikota: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K Sivan today visited Lord Venkateswara Temple in Tirupati on the eve of launching PSLV-C 46 satellite.

The country’s premier space agency is set to launch PSLV-C 46 from Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh Wednesday.

Earlier today, Sivan took a model of PSLV-C46 to the temple and special ‘pooja’ was performed by Tirumala temple authorities for the success of the mission. Talking to the media, the ISRO chief said Chandrayaan 2 mission was also on track.

A few days ago, ISRO had announced RISAT-2B, a radar imaging earth observation satellite, that will be launched by PSLV-C46 22 May. The launch will take place from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, at 5.27 am IST, subject to weather conditions.

“PSLV-C46 set to launch RISAT-2B from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 5.27 am, 22 May 2019, subject to weather conditions,” ISRO had tweeted.

PSLV-C46 is the 48th mission of PSLV. It will launch RISAT-2B from the first launch pad (FLP) of SDSC.

According to ISRO, PSLV-C46 is the 14th flight of PSLV 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 launch pad. RISAT-2B will be placed in and orbit of 555 km at an inclination of 37 degrees.

As also done during the PSLV-C45 launch, ISRO has also made provision for the public to view the launch from recently opened viewer’s gallery at Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

Online registration for it will start five days before the launch. ISRO has also made provision for the public to view the launch from the recently opened viewers’ gallery at SDSC.

NT Bureau