Attempts to launch Earth observation satellite in India fail

New Delhi (AP) —Thursday, an Indian rocket failed an attempt to put a satellite into orbit to provide real-time images used to monitor cyclones and other potential natural disasters.

A technical flaw occurred during the third final ignition phase shortly after the rocket was launched from the space center in Sriharikota, southern India, the country’s space agency said.

The satellite was supposed to be in geosynchronous orbit. In other words, it orbits in sync with the Earth and stays in a fixed position. Provides images of cloud bursts and thunderstorms to acquire data for agricultural, forestry and marine purposes.

The space agency did not reveal what would happen to the rocket and satellite after the ignition failure.

“The third stage hasn’t reached the speed to keep it in orbit because it’s not ignited. It will fall back to Earth in the near future. Tracking will tell you later,” said an outside expert. One Pallava Bagla said.

According to the Economic Times, this was the fourth failure of a geostationary orbit platform’s 14 rocket launches since 2001.

India is ambitious with decades of research that enables the development of satellite, communications, and remote sensing technologies to help solve everyday problems at home, from predicting fish migration to predicting storms and floods. There is a space program.

The government has set the deadline for India’s first manned space flight to 2022.

In 2019, India sent a spacecraft to explore the water deposits on the other side of the moon, but was unable to land the ship on the surface of the moon.