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ISRO revises launch schedule of GISAT-1 after ‘minor issue’ with satellite

PTI Bengaluru | Updated on March 26, 2021

G Narayan (right), Chairman & Managing Director of NewSpace India Ltd, and D Radhakrishnan, Executive Director, at a press conference at ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru on Friday   -  SHAILENDRA BHOJAK

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has revised the launch schedule of geo imaging satellite GISAT-1 on board GSLV-F10 rocket following a "minor issue" with the spacecraft.

The Bengaluru-headquartered space agency was earlier looking to launch the satellite on March 28, subject to weather conditions.

"There is a minor issue with the satellite", ISRO sources told PTI.

"As of now, we are planning to launch it on April 18".

GISAT-1 was originally planned to be launched from Sriharikota spaceport, about 100 km north of Chennai, on March 5 last year but was postponed a day before the blast-off due to technical reasons.

ISRO sources had earlier said the delay in the launch was due to COVID-19-induced lockdown which affected normal work.

According to ISRO, GISAT-1 will facilitate near real-time observation of the Indian sub-continent, under cloud-free condition, at frequent intervals.

Weighing about 2,268kg, GISAT-1 is the firststate-of- the-art agile earth observation satellite which will be placed in a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit by GSLV-F10.

"Subsequently, the satellite will reach the final geostationary orbit using its on board propulsion system", ISRO had said a few days before the planned launch in March last year.

Published on March 26, 2021

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