The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) program suffered a major setback. The ISRO’s mission of placing its Earth Observation Satellite EOS-03 into orbit failed midway. The GSLV-F10 rocket that is used for putting Geo-Imaging Satellite-1 (GISAT-1) into orbit faced some glitches.
The ISRO described EOS-03 as the country’s first 1st state-of-the-art agile Earth observation satellite in a geostationary orbit. Currently, there are two earth observation satellites in geostationary orbit. The INSAT-3D which was launched in 2013 and INSAT-3DR which was launched in 2016 is used for weather monitoring.
The mission failed to accomplish due to ‘an anomaly’, the ISRO reported. The technical glitch in the Upper Stage came as a setback. The performance of the 1st and 2nd stages was normal.
The GISAT-1 Satellite was meant for monitoring natural disasters in India. The frequent occurrence of natural disasters like cyclones, thunderstorms, and cloudbursts calls for technologically advanced supervision of such occurrences. The satellite was lifted from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) around 5.43 am today.
Due to some technical anomaly, the mission couldn’t be accomplished. the Range Operations Director in the Mission Control Centre announced the failure of the mission. During the launch, ISRO said this is the fourteenth flight of GSLV. The coronavirus pandemic deferred the launch of the satellite. The launch was formerly planned for April or May.
G Madhavan Nair, former chairman of ISRO expressed his disappointment at the failure of the mission. He said that this is the 2nd time that a technical complication has been faced in the cryogenic stage. A technical glitch in the upper stage is very complex. He added that there may be various possibilities that can go wrong. The Indian Space Research Agency takes utmost care of every step.
According to sources, something went wrong in the cryogenic stage. A detailed study of the elements will pinpoint what’s happened. Dr. Nair said that the Covid 19 pandemic can be a major reason because the metallic parts may have deteriorated in their characteristics. The probability of failure is more as compared to the fresh stage.