India fails to launch observation satellite, defeats 16 consecutive victories


The Indian space agency lost an important earth observation satellite because it could not be completely ignited in the final stage. Approximately five minutes after takeoff, the state agency announced Thursday.

A satellite for monitoring natural disasters such as cyclones, torrential rains, and thunderstorms was launched by the Earth-synchronized satellite launch vehicle from the Satishdawan Space Center in southern India at 8:13 pm EDT on August 11.

It provides images and obtains data for agricultural, forestry, and marine purposes.

“The performance of the first and second stages was normal, but due to a technical anomaly, the cryogenic upper ignition did not occur,” said the Indian Space Research Organization. Said In the statement. “The mission was not accomplished as intended,” he added.

The agency did not provide details on what happened to the rockets and satellites after the technical flaws occurred. The failure ended a series of 16 successful launches into space in India.

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India’s Earth-synchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV-F10) carrying the Earth observation satellite EOS-03 will take off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India, on August 12, 2021. (Stringer / Reuters)

Pallava Bagla, an outside expert, Said According to the Associated Press, the rocket was unable to ignite in the third final stage, so it may have “not reached its orbital velocity” and may soon retreat toward Earth.

US-based astronomer Jonathan McDowell said satellites and rockets probably fell into the Andaman Sea in western Thailand.

India has built up a reputation as a manufacturer of earth imagery satellites and can be launched into low earth orbit at a fraction of the cost of Western institutions.

However, over the past few years, it has moved into a more profitable area of ​​launching heavier geostationary satellites used in communications and meteorology.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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