Today early morning, the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) mission to launch Geo Imaging Satellite (Gisat-1) earth observation satellite, EOS-03 into orbit was declared ‘unsuccessful’.
Addressing the media, the ISRO mentioned that the mission failed as they were not receiving details from the cryogenic engine. The trajectory of the spacecraft, which lifted off from the Sriharikota spaceport at 5:43 AM, was seen as deviating from the set path around five minutes into the launch, soon after the announcement of the separation of the payload fairings and firing of the third cryogenic stage of the rocket.
“Due to a technical anomaly observed in the cryogenic stage, ISRO’s GSLV-F10/EOS-03 mission could not be fully accomplished,” Chairman of ISRO, Dr. Sivan added.
Reportedly, the launch was scheduled for 5:43 am. The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-F10 (GSLV-F10) rocket was being launched to place the EOS in a geosynchronous equatorial orbit (GEO).
The officials informed that the satellite could have to boost India’s abilities as it was designed to provide near real-time images of large ‘areas of interest’. In addition, the satellite could have potentially helped the country’s armed forces to plan operations.
This marked the third attempt by the space agency at launching the satellite into space. It was first scheduled for March 5, 2020. Due to a voltage issue, the ISRO was unable to launch it earlier this year.