ISRO chairman K Sivan offered prayers to Lord Venkateshwara at Tirumala on Tuesday (21 May) ahead of the launch of PSLV C-46 satellite from Sriharikota in Nellore district, reports Hans India.
K Sivan also presented a miniature replica of the satellite, placed it at the Lord’s feet and performed a special puja. He said that RISAT 2B will be launched aboard the PSLV C-46. RISAT 2B is a radar imaging earth observation satellite used for reconnaissance purposes.
“PSLV-C46 is the 48th mission of PSLV and it will launch RISAT 2B from the first launch pad (FLP) of the Satish Dhawan space center,” he added.
It may be noted here that before the launch of any major space mission, the head of Isro chairman visiting Tirumala to offer prayers for the success of the mission has now become a tradition. Sivan said that following the practice of his predecessors, he visited the shrine to offer prayers to Lord Venkateswara for the success of the mission.