The Indian Space Research Organization’s second mission of the year – placing an Earth observation satellite by a GSLV rocket – suffered a setback as it could not be fully accomplished due to an anomaly performance in the cryogenic stage of the rocket, the space agency said Thursday. .
Prior to take-off, the Launch Authorization Board cleared the decks for regular take-off. The rocket’s performance in the first and second stages was normal, scientists from the mission control center said.
However, a few minutes later, they announced that “the mission could not be fully accomplished due to a performance anomaly”.
The launch of the GSLV-F10 took place today at 5:43 am IST as scheduled. The performance of the first and second stages was normal. However, cryogenic ignition of the upper stage did not occur due to a technical anomaly. The mission could not be completed as planned.
– ISRO (@isro) August 12, 2021
“Performance anomaly observed in the cryogenic stage. The mission could not be fully accomplished, ”announced the director of range operations at the Mission Control Center.
Later, ISRO President K Sivan said: “(The mission) could not be fully accomplished, mainly due to a technical anomaly observed in the cryogenic stage. I wanted to tell all my friends.
After the countdown began, scientists attended to refueling the four-stage rocket at the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, about 100 kilometers from Chennai.
The goal of Thursday’s mission was to provide real-time imagery of large areas at frequent intervals, for rapid monitoring of natural disasters, episodic events and to obtain spectral signatures for agriculture, forestry, bodies of water as well as for disaster warning, cyclone monitoring, cloud burst monitoring and thunderstorm monitoring.
The launch was a fairly routine event. ISRO has several Earth observation satellites in orbit, although this is only the second with the new nomenclature that ISRO started using last November.
The rocket from Thursday’s flight, the GSLV-F10, features a newly designed payload carrier at the top. The shape of the aircraft carrier was designed to significantly reduce aerodynamic drag and allow the rocket to carry much larger payloads.
EOS-03 was launched before EOS-02, which was delayed. EOS-02 is now slated for a September-October launch. This launch will test a new rocket – SSLV, or small satellite launcher. Although India has so far developed four rockets – SLV, ASLV and different versions of PSLV and GSLV – only two are currently operational. SSLV is designed to meet the growing demand for small satellite launches, primarily from businesses and universities; it costs much less and consumes less energy.