The successful launch of Earth Observation Satellite.
- ISRO had successful launched the Earth Observation Satellite EOS-1.
- A total of 10 satellites including nine foreign satellites were launched by PSLV-C49.
- EOS-01 along with 9 customer satellites were placed in the 575 Km orbit.
- The satellite commenced operating its function along with the deployment of solar panels.
- Due to COVID-19, ISRO implemented precautions by maintaining social distance and scientists wearing masks.
- ISRO arranged for the live telecast of the launch through various platforms.
- The rocket launch took place at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
- The rocket launch took place at the first launch pad of SDSC at 3.12 pm at the end of the 26-hour countdown.
- It is the 51st flight with the four-stage 44.5 meters tall PSLV-C49.
- The launch was originally scheduled for 3.02 pm but delayed due to debris on the path of the rocket and weather conditions.
- The PSLV C-49 rocket first injected the primary satellite EOS-01 into orbit.
- All the 10 satellites were separated and placed into desired orbits.
- The applications of EOS-01 are in agriculture, forestry, and disaster management support.
- Of the nine foreign satellites four are from the USA, four from Luxembourg and one from Lithuania.
- The international customer satellites were launched under the arrangement with the NewSpace India Limited (NSIL).
Uses of Earth Observation Satellites
- Agricultural Crops Inventory
- Water Resources Information System
- Ground Water Prospects
- Forest Working Plans
- Biodiversity and Coral Mapping
- Potential Fishing Zones
- Ocean State Forecasts
- Rural Development
- Urban Development
- Monitoring of Glacial Lakes and Water Bodies
- Location based Services using NavIC constellation
- Cyclone and Floods Mapping & Monitoring
- Landslide Mapping & Monitoring
- Agricultural Drought
- Forest Fire monitoring
- Extreme Weather Monitoring
- Experimental Forecasts
NewSpace India Limited
- The NewSpace India Limited was established in the year 2019 under the administrative head of the Department of Space.
- The NSIL is a Public Sector Enterprise that was created with an objective to increase industry participation in the Indian space program.
- The business areas of NSIL are:
- To promote industry participation in the production of PSLV and small satellite launch vehicles catering to the growing demand for such vehicles in the international market.
- Producing and marketing space-based services such as launch services, leasing of transponders, mission monitoring services, etc.
- Building small satellites and Earth observation satellites as per client’s requirements.
- Acting as the nodal agency for the transfer of technology developed by ISRO and its units.
- Marketing spinoff technologies from products and services developed by ISRO.
- Providing consultancy services.