ISRO Plans to Launch GISAT-1 Geo-Imaging Satellite on August 12


The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is getting back into launch activity fully at Sriharikota spaceport with the deliberate orbiting of geo imaging satellite GISAT-1 on board GSLV-F10 rocket on August 12. It’ll be only the second one launch of the Bengaluru-headquartered space agency in the COVID-19-hit 2021.  ISRO successfully launched PSLV-C51 mission on February 28 with Brazil’s soil commentary satellite Amazonia-1 and 18 co-passengers, including some built by students, on board.

The 2,268-kg GISAT-1 was once originally slated to be launched from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district, approximately 100 kms north of Chennai, on March 5 final year but was once postponed a day before the blast-off because of technical reasons.

Thereafter the launch was once delayed because of COVID-19-induced lockdown which affected normal work. It was once scheduled for March 28 this year but a “minor issue” with the satellite forced its postponement. The launch was once later expected in April and then in May but the crusade could not be taken up because of lockdown in parts of the country triggered by the second one wave of the pandemic.

“We have tentatively deliberate the GSLV-F10 launch on August 12, at 05.43 am, subject to weather conditions”, an ISRO official told P T I on Saturday.

According to ISRO, GISAT-1 will facilitate close real-time commentary of the Indian sub-continent, under cloud-free conditions, at frequent intervals.

GISAT-1 will be placed in a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit by GSLV-F10 and, due to this fact, it’s going to be positioned in the last geostationary orbit, approximately 36,000 km above soil’s equator, the use of its onboard propulsion system.

The soil commentary satellite will give you the country with real-time images of its borders and also enable quick monitoring of natural disasters. Experts said positioning the cutting-edge agile soil commentary satellite in geostationary orbit has key advantages.

“It’ll be a game-changer in some sense for India,” a Branch of Space official said. “With onboard high resolution cameras, the satellite will allow the country to monitor the Indian landmass and the oceans, especially its borders, ceaselessly,” the official said.

Listing the objectives of the mission, ISRO had earlier said the satellite would supply close real-time imaging of the large area region of interest at frequent intervals. It would help in quick monitoring of natural disasters, episodic, and any short-term events. The third objective is to obtain spectral signatures of agriculture, forestry, mineralogy, catastrophe warning, cloud properties, snow and glacier, and oceanography.

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