ISRO Set to Launch its Earth Observation Satellite This Valentine’s Day

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The Earth Observation Satellite is a radar-imaging satellite and weighs 1,170 kg. (Credit: ISRO)

ISRO will launch its Earth Observation Satellite (EOS-04) from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota on February 14.

The Indian Institute of Space and Research has zeroed in on Valentine’s Day for its first launch in 2022. According to reports, the institute will launch its Earth Observation Satellite (EOS-04) from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota on February 14. According to The Hindu, the Earth Observation Satellite is a radar-imaging satellite and weighs 1,170 kg. The satellite is designed to capture high-quality images and will operate under all weather functions. It will be placed in a 529 km solar-synchronous polar orbit and will provide critical data for flood mapping, hydrology, afforestation and planting, agriculture and soil moisture. ISRO has also selected PSLV-C52 (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) to launch the satellite into orbit. It will take off from the first launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Center at 5:59 am on Valentine’s Day. According to ISRO, the 25-hour and 30-minute countdown to the launch will begin on February 13 at 4:29 a.m. after receiving approval from the Launch Authorization Board.

The PSLV-C52 will also carry two other satellites, including a student satellite named INSPIREsat-1 and a technology demonstrator satellite called INS-2TD. Student Satellite is developed by the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, in collaboration with the University of Colorado’s Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics. The INS-2TD satellite is considered to be the forerunner of the Indo-Bhutan Joint Satellite (INS-2B).

Earlier, ISRO announced that it had launched the INSET-4B satellite into space. According to reports, the satellite completed its working life in orbit, then was terminated at the end of its service by a process known as Post Mission Disposal (PMD). According to a statement from ISRO, INSAT-4B was 21st Indian Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite disposed of by PMD.

In addition, ISRO also adhered to standard practices as per GEO mission planning and included propellant required for re-orbit in the initial fuel budget.

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