In its first GSLV mission of 2020, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all geared up for the launch of the Geo Imaging Satellite GISAT-1 from the spaceport of Sriharikota on March 5.
GSLV-F10, carrying the 2,268 kg GISAT-1, will lift off from the Second Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) at 1743 hrs on Thursday, subject to weather conditions.
The launching vehicle of GISAT 1 has evinced much interest before the launch of the mission. GSLV -F10 is a humongously tall vehicle – as tall as a Sixteen storey building, and weighing approximately 4,20,300 kilograms.
An Earth observation satellite, GISAT 1 will be placed in a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit by GSLV-F10. The satellite will then reach the final geostationary orbit with the help of its onboard propulsion system. The significance of the satellite is its ability to facilitate real-time observation of the country’s geography and its borders under cloud-free condition, according to the space agency.
It is really good for fast imaging of the earth and can perform constant and rapid surveillance. It needed, the satellite can observe a point for a longer duration.
The GISAT-1 will also be sued to monitor natural disasters, short term events and episodic events. It can also be used to monitor spectral signatures of agriculture, forestry and mineralogy as well as clouds, snow, glaciers, and the oceans.
Slated for launch at 5.43 PM on March 5th, from the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F10), the satellite 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 said GISAT-1 is the first state-of-the-art agile Earth observation satellite, which will be placed in a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) at a perigee of 170 km (closer point to the earth) and an apogee of 36,297 km (farther point to earth) with an inclination of 19.4 deg to the equator.