Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is gearing up for two simultaneous upcoming launches in August and September respectively. The GSLV launch is scheduled for August while PSLV is scheduled for September. The dates have not been announced yet.
The GSLV rocket would be carrying India’s GISAT-1 which is an earth observation satellite meant to be placed in Geostationary orbit. The orbit is meant for communication satellites that will be covering a large swathe of land.
A satellite in geostationary orbit would be synchronized with the rotation cycle of the earth. Adding on to this, it would appear to be stationary when seen from the earth. The three properly positioned Geostationary satellites can cover almost the whole Earth.
ISRO said that GISAT-1 is meant to provide near-real-time imaging of large regions of interest at frequent intervals and quick monitoring of natural disasters as well as will also obtain spectral signatures for agriculture, forestry, etc. The PSLV rocket is expected to carry a satellite dubbed as Earth Observation Satellite 4.
Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, ISRO had been contributing to the nation’s fight against the Covid-19 fight. It had also developed various models of indigenous, low-cost medical ventilators. ISRO is working to conduct human-rating tests on its heavy filter rocket-GSLV Mk3.