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Suspense on launch of India’s Geo Imaging Satellite GISAT-1 continues

As per the report by IANS here, Suspense continues on the revised date of launch of India’s first Geo Imaging Satellite-1 (GISAT-1) with Indian space agency officials maintaining silence on the matter.

On March 4, a day before the scheduled launch GISAT-1 onboard the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-F10 (GSLV-F10) and hours before the start of the launch countdown, Indian space agency announced postponement of the mission owing to some technical glitch.

While Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had stated on March 4, “The launch of GISAT-1 onboard GSLV-F10 (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-F10), planned for March 05, 2020, is postponed due to technical reasons. Revised launch date will be informed in due course,”.

Indian space agency did not share any detail about the technical glitch and its rectification since then. Several calls and messages to senior ISRO officials by IANS news agency were not answered or replied.

ISRO had also stated that, A four metre diameter Ogive shaped payload fairing (heat shield) has been used in the rocket for the first time. It stated GISAT-1 would provide real time image of large area of region of interest at frequent intervals.

It will also enable quick monitoring of natural disasters, episodic events and any short term events. Moreover, The 2,268 kg GISAT-1 will also provide spectral signatures for agriculture, forestry, mineralogy, disaster warning, cloud properties, snow, glaciers and oceanography.

Despite all of this, The satellite will have payload imaging sensors of six band multi-spectral visible and near infra-red with 42 metres resolution; 158 bands hyper-spectral visible and near infra-red with 318 metres resolution and 256 bands hyper-spectral short wave infra-red with 191 metres resolution, IANS News agency remarked.

(Author: Trilok Singh is with CEO here).

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