The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 28 February 2020 shared the first glimpse of Geo Imaging Satellite-1 (GISAT-1), that is scheduled to be launched on March 5 at 17:43 hours. The launch will be done through GSLV-F10 rocket. The satellite will be launched from Sriharikota. It will be the country’s first agile Earth observation satellite, that will be in operation from Geostationary orbit.
- According to the ISRO, the satellite has a weight of about 2,268 kg. It is also the first observation satellite for Earth, which will be placed in Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. It is expected to reach the final orbit through the use of an onboard propulsion system.
- Apart from this, “a 4-metre diameter Ogive shaped payload fairing” will also be flying during GSLV flight for the first time. The latest launch will be the fourteenth flight of the GSLV.”
- The space research organisation will send a large number of earth observation (EO) satellites. Of these earth observation (EO) satellites, around ten were planned in the financial year 2020-21, a report by ISRO has said. This has introduced Geo Imaging Satellite, GISAT-1 for the first time.
- Apart from this, ISRO also planned five satellites for the next fiscal. This includes two navigation satellites and three communication satellites. Also, ISRO’s annual plan also mentioned about 36 missions which included both launchers and satellites.
- For the ongoing financial year, while ISRO suggested six earth observation satellites, two are due to launch. As per the reports, India’s premier space research organisation is also planning to add 8 EO satellites in the financial year 2022.
‘Made in India’ L-40 stage for GSLV-MKII
- Ahead of the GeoSynchronous Launch Vehicle (GSLV-MKII)-F12 flight scheduled to take off in August, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) receives the 50th L-40 stage from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
- So far, the Aerospace Division of HAL has not only integrated but also supplied L-40 stages for 12 flights of GSLV MKII. This includes the GSLV MKII -F10 flight which has been planned in the first week of March-2020.
- Besides the Integrated L-40 stages, HAL is also manufacturing the riveted structures, propellant tanks, feed lines of PSLV, GSLV MKII and GSLV MKIII launch vehicles and structures of various satellites for the space agency.
- The state owned company has been ISRO’s preferred partner for over three decades. In almost all the major projects including Chandrayaan-I, Chandrayaan-II, Mangalyaan and upcoming projects like Gaganyaan, HAL is involved.
- India’s premier aerospace company has been ISRO’s partner in several projects which includes manufacturing the PSLV and GSLV structures and has also played a critical role in the space agency’s CE-20 cryogenic engine. It had also joined the Mars mission and had provided satellite structure and propellant tankages.