India will support its first launch of the year tonight. You can find the latest details and updates here

13/02/2022

India will support the first launch of the year tonight. India's first launch this year will take an Earth observation satellite into space. The satellite that will be launched by India tonight was the brother of the satellite that was destroyed last year due to the failed launch. If all goes well this time, the EOS-04 satellite will be launched at 19:29. EST, 13 February 2022 at the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, off the Bay of Bengal. 

ISRO will broadcast everything live on their website, youtube and you can also see the launch on our website, the live stream starting 10-15 minutes before. We hope that India will be successful this time. Last year, EOS-04's twin satellite, EOS-03, was destroyed just minutes after takeoff and was a total and huge failure for India. 

Last year, in 2021, the EOS-03 was launched on the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), and shortly after the incident, ISRO also stated the cause of the mission's failure: the failure to ignite the cryogenic stage of the launch vehicle. But this time, the new satellite will no longer be launched on the same type of rocket. EOS-04 will be launched on India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

Mission details: 

ISRO stated that the main payload of the EOS-04 will be raised to an altitude of 529 km (329 miles) for high-clarity images and consistent illumination of images below the satellite so that it can be compared with each other or with other images from others satellites. The satellite will play an important role in observing the Earth, according to ISRO's statement that the mission will "provide high-quality images under all weather conditions for applications such as agriculture, forestry and plantations, soil moisture and hydrology, and flood mapping". 

With this mission, not only this satellite is launched, but also two other smaller satellites. The two small satellites will be INSPIREsat-1 from the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology in association with the University of Colorado, Boulder, which will make observations of part of the atmosphere in the atmosphere, mostly for plasma analysis. And there will be INS-2TD which will also be from ISRO, but unfortunately there are not many details about the satellite.

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 13 February 2022, at 10:53 am Los Angeles time

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