India is taking a massive step in maintaining its security and protecting the country from natural disasters. In a recent report, India plans on launching the GISAT-1 satellite, an earth observation satellite, on 28th March, whose primary mission is to deliver real-time images of the country’s border. Besides, the satellite will ensure quick monitoring in case of natural disasters.
The GISAT-1 satellite will lift off into space on board the GSLV-F10 rocket from the Sriharikota spaceport, Andhra Pradesh Nellore district. This launching site is around one-hundred kilometres north of Chennai. Via a Bengaluru-headquartered ISRO official, the company spoke about the launch and its plan to take the satellite into the orbits on 28th March subject to weather conditions.
If the launch is successful as planned, the rocket will take the spacecraft into the geosynchronous orbit, and its actual location will be 36,000km above the earth’s equator. The GSLV-F10 will use the onboard propulsion system to increase the chances of success. This GISAT-1 launch has been running for years, and according to the original plan, the launch was planned for 5th March 2020. However, the day before the grand launch, the ISRO development team postponed the launch because of technical issues.
Experts globally claim that positioning the observation satellite into the geostationary orbit has crucial advantages compared to other parts of the orbit. One of India’s space departments, via an official, stated that the launch would be a game-changer for the country. Why is that? The GISAT-1 satellite includes onboard high-resolution cameras that will deliver clear images to show experts what is happening all over India. With the data, India will easily monitor the landmass, oceans and mainly the borders.
In the satellite’s list’s objectives, ISRO states that this launch will generate near real-time images of areas of interest within frequent intervals. These images will come in handy during natural disasters monitoring and other short-term events. Another key objective of the satellite is to offer assistance to ministries such as forestry, cloud properties, oceanography, forestry and others.
GISAT-1 will offer near real-time observation of India at frequent intervals under cloud-free conditions. The launch weighs about 2,268 kg and comes later after the successful launch of Amazonia-1 onboard the PSLV-C51 on 28th February. In an interview with PTI, k Sivan, secretary of the Department of Space, claims that the technical issues are okay and things are ready. Later, the secretary explained that the COVID-19 pandemic leads to further delay of the GISAT-1 launch.
Reliable sources claim that after GISAT-1 launches successfully, ISRO will launch a compact launcher by April. The GISAT-1 satellite launch is a much-awaited lift-off that will mark a new beginning for India.