ISRO delays launch of GISAT-1 due to Covid-19
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on Tuesday said that it had to postpone the launch of its GISAT-1 satellite due to lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The launch of GISAT-1 onboard GSLV-F10 was originally planned for March 5 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra pradesh. but it was postponed due to technical reasons and ISRO said that the revised date would be announced in due course. It was anticipated that the revised date for the launch was scheduled to be held in April, but with the Covid-19 taking over the situation, the launch has been further delayed.
ISRO official confirming the same stated, "Now we cannot launch GISAT-1 due to lockdown. An exercise like launching a satellite requires nearly 1,000 people to do deal with its various aspects”.
GISAT-1 is an earth observing satellite that weighs around 2,275 kg and has a lifespan of about seven years. The satellite has been designed to help get a real-time observation of the Indian subcontinent under cloud-free condition, monitor the natural disasters and keep a constant vigil on borders.
It will also help to obtain spectral signatures of agriculture, forestry, mineralogy, disaster warning, cloud properties, snow, glaciers and oceanography.