Thursday, August 12, 2021

Indian Space Research Organisation Fails to Place Earth Observation Satellite in Orbit - Sputnik International

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

On Thursday, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was scheduled to launch Earth observation satellite EOS-03 on the GSLV launcher. The mission was initially expected to be carried out in March 2020 but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Earth observation satellite EOS-03, launched on Thursday from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR in Sriharikota, failed to reach orbit due to a "performance anomaly observed in the cryogenic stage", according to ISRO.

    "Due to a technical anomaly observed in the cryogenic stage, ISRO's GSLV-F10/EOS-03 Mission could not be fully accomplished", said Kailasavadivoo Sivan, the chairman of ISRO.

The launch took place earlier in the day, and the satellite was planned to be placed in a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit by the GSLV-F10 and then reach its final geostationary orbit.

The inability to place the satellite in the orbit marks the first failure of an Indian space launch since 2017, after 14 consecutive successful missions.


  1. India fails to send powerful Earth monitoring satellite into space, as indigenous engine malfunctions

    1. An Indian space agency mission to launch a weather monitoring satellite into orbit has failed at the final hurdle after the rocket’s cryogenic upper stage ignition malfunctioned following a smooth liftoff.

      On Thursday, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said that the 12-story-tall Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) had launched successfully at 5:43am IST (0:43pm GMT) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on Sriharikota Island in eastern India. The group shared an image of the lift-off from their livestream.

    2. However, despite the first and second stages of the mission going according to plan, the GSLV spacecraft soon ran into trouble.

      “Cryogenic Upper Stage ignition did not happen due to technical anomaly. The mission couldn’t be accomplished as intended,” ISRO said on Twitter. The third stage uses India’s first indigenously made cryogenic engine.

      In a livestream of the launch, shared online by the space agency, scientists at the mission control center can be seen looking on, increasingly concerned, as the rocket’s trajectory flattens out. The commentary stops completely as the space boffins gather in front of the giant display screen....RT


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