GISAT-1 will launch in August from Sriharikota

GISAT-1 launched confirmed

On August 12th, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is resuming its launch activities at Sriharikota spaceport with the planned orbiting of geo imaging satellite GISAT 1 onboard GSLV F10 rocket.

This will be the second launch of the space agency in 2021 after the COVID19 pandemic.

With Brazil’s Earth observation satellite Amazonia-1 ISRO had successfully launched the PSLV-C51 mission.

Earlier GISAT-1 weighing 2,268 Kg, was decided to be launched from Sriharikota on March 5 last year but was postponed. And since then the launch was postponed due to lockdown. 

It was again decided to launch the GISAT-1 in April and May but due to the second wave of the pandemic, it got postponed. 

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

Satellite Launch Representation

What is GISAT-1, What will it do and How???

GISAT-1 will help in the real-time observation of the Indian sub-continent at frequent intervals with a cloud-free condition, according to the ISRO.

It will be placed in a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit with the help of GSLV-F10, and finally positioned in the geostationary orbit, i.e., 3600 km above Earth’s Equator by its onboard propulsion system.

The GISAT-1 will provide information of natural disasters by sending real_time pictures.

Experts said positioning the state-of-the-art agile earth observation satellite in geostationary orbit has key advantages.

“It’s going to be a game-changer in some sense for India,” a Department of Space official said.

“With onboard high-resolution cameras, the satellite will allow the country to monitor the Indian landmass and the oceans, particularly its borders, continuously,” the official said.

Listing the objectives of the mission, ISRO had earlier said the satellite would provide n real-time imaging of the large area region of interest at frequent intervals.

It would help in the quick monitoring of natural disasters.

The third objective is to obtain spectral signatures of agriculture, snow, mineralogy, disaster warning, cloud properties, forestry and glacier and oceanography.

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