India Set to Launch Earth Observation Satellite

GSLV booster on its way to the launch pad. (Credit: ISRO)

SRIHARIKOTA, India (ISRO PR) — Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-F10 (GSLV-F10) will launch Earth Observation Satellite, EOS-03 from the Second Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. The launch is tentatively scheduled at 0543 Hrs IST [0013 UTC] on Thursday, Aug. 12 [08:13 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Aug. 11], subject to weather conditions.

EOS-03 is a state-of-the-art agile Earth observation satellite which will be placed in a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit by GSLV-F10. Subsequently, the satellite will reach the final geostationary orbit using its onboard propulsion system.

A 4 metre diameter Ogive shaped payload fairing is being flown for the first time in this GSLV flight. This is the fourteenth flight of GSLV.

ISRO Successfully Launches GSLV With Cryogenic Upper Stage

A GSLV-II rocket lifts off with the GSAT-14 spacecraft and a domestically-produced cryogenic upper stage. (Credit: ISRO)
A GSLV-II rocket lifts off with the GSAT-14 spacecraft and a domestically-produced cryogenic upper stage. (Credit: ISRO)

The Indian space agency ISRO is celebrating today after a GSLV-II rocket launch that featured the first successful demonstration of the nation’s new cryogenic upper stage.

After the rocket lifted off from Isro’s spaceport at Sriharikota and successfully deployed the GSAT-14 communications satellite 17 minutes later, officials were able to declare success in what has been a nearly 20-year effort to develop the advanced propulsion technology.

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India Faces Series of Challenging Missions Over Next Six Months

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The New Indian Express reports that ISRO is facing a series of challenging missions over the next six months that officials hope will help vault the Indian space agency into the elite ranks of the world’s space powers. The missions include:

  • test flight of a domestically developed cryogenic upper stage in August;
  • launch of the nation’s first Martian spacecraft in late November; and,
  • the inaugural flight in January of the new GSLV-III, the most powerful launch vehicle ever built by India.

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