ISRO launches India's most capable surveillance satellite RISAT-2BR1

India's most advanced surveillance satellite was placed into orbit on Wednesday with a rocket launched from the country's spaceport in Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota.

The radar imaging earth observation satellite RISAT-2BR1 was launched by Indian Space Research Organisation on board the PLSV-C48 rocket.

Nine foreign satellites were also launched on board the rocket that was on its 50th mission.

With clear skies in the background, the 44.4 metre tall rocket lifted off majestically at 3:25 pm. Just over 16 minutes into its flight, the rocket slung RISAT-2BR1 into an orbit of 576 km above Earth.

It will have a life of five years.

A minute later, the first of the nine customer satellites was ejected. The launch mission concluded in about 21 minutes when the last of the customer satellites was put into orbit. RISAT-2BR1, a 628 kg satellite, is meant for applications by the military and various fields like agriculture, forestry and disaster management support.