ISRO: To launch EOS-01 and 9 other satellites

The EOS-01 satellite is an earth probe satellite that will strengthen agriculture and forestry utilization and disaster control.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will be propelling earth probe satellite EOS-01 as a fundamental satellite. Alongside it are nine consumer satellites aboard PSLV-C49.

The launch will be from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, on November 7, 2020.

The big launch by ISRO post-pandemic

This launch is ISRO’s primary launch since the COVID-19 lockdown evolved into force in March.

ISRO Chairman K Sivan had told in June that more or less 10 space missions, listed for launch this year, have been disrupted due to the lockdown.

The scheduling of the launch is for 3:02 p.m. on November 7, 2020. The satellite launch will face weather situations.

The details about the EOS-01

The EOS-01 satellite is an earth research satellite that will promote agriculture and forestry applications and hazard management.

The Space Station will launch the nine consumer satellites.

Subsequently, it will also launch ISRO’s original satellite under a trade agreement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL).

This launch also marks the 51st mission of ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.
The viewing exhibit will remain closed for this launch.

Consequently, there will be no arrangements for gathering media groups in the wake of strict COVID-19 pandemic measures at the launch center.

Further mission by ISRO

The launch will be telecasted live by the ISRO site. One can also view it on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube channels.

In June 2020, ISRO Chairman K Sivan had announced that ISRO would assess the influence of the lockdown on its space missions.

He said that all assignments had become disrupted because of the pandemic. He also said that they would need to evaluate after the COVID-19 issue will solve.

Future collaborations of ISRO like NISAR

The NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) spacecraft will launch by 2022. India and the US have chosen to share Space Situational Awareness Information. Consequently, it will catalyze efforts to produce safe and sustainable space conditions.

The two sides also stated the intent to extend the India-US Space Dialogue as well as negotiations on areas of potential space defense assistance.

A joint statement comes after the 2+2 strategic dialogue.

The talks were between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, and their US counterparts Secretary of States Michael R Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark T Esper.

The talks state that “The ministers praised the ongoing collaboration between Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This appreciations also includes the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) spacecraft programmed to be launched by 2022.”

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