ISRO revises launch schedule of GISAT-1 after 'minor issue' with satellite

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Bengaluru, Mar 26 (PTI) The Indian Space Research Organisation has revised the launch schedule of geo imaging satellite GISAT-1 on board GSLV-F10 rocket following a 'minor issue' with the spacecraft.

The Bengaluru-headquartered space agency was earlier looking to launch the satellite on March 28, subject to weather conditions.

'There is a minor issue with the satellite', ISRO sources told PTI.

'As of now, we are planning to launch it on April 18'.

GISAT-1 was originally planned to be launched from Sriharikota spaceport, about 100 kms north of Chennai, on March five last year but was postponed a day before the blast-off due to technical reasons.

ISRO sources had earlier said the delay in the launch was due to COVID-19-induced lockdown which affected normal work.

According to ISRO, GISAT-1 will facilitate near real-time observation of the Indian sub-continent, under cloud-free condition, at frequent intervals.

Weighing about 2,268kg, GISAT-1 is the firststate-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 on board propulsion system', ISRO had said a few days before the planned launch in March last year. PTI RS APR ADMINISTRATOR APR ADMINISTRATOR