GSLV-F10 fails to launch earth observation satellite into intended orbit


The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s mission to place its Earth Observation Satellite EOS-03 “could not be accomplished fully” because of an anomaly, the space agency said after the launch early this morning.

The GSLV-F10/EOS-03 lifted off lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota at 5.43 am today after a 26-hour countdown.

But shortly afterwards, it was announced in the Mission Control Centre by the Range Operations Director “mission could not be accomplished fully due to performance anomaly”.

“Performance anomaly observed in the cryogenic stage. The mission could not be accomplished fully,” said ISRO.

The EOS-03 is a state-of-the-art agile Earth observation satellite, placed in a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit by GSLV-F10, is meant to help in quick monitoring of natural disasters like cyclones, cloudbursts and thunderstorms.

“A 4 metre diameter Ogive-shaped payload fairing is being flown for the first time in this GSLV flight. This is the fourteenth flight of GSLV,” ISRO had said on the launch.

The launch was originally planned in April or May but was postponed due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new satellite is to provide vital information for application in different sectors including agriculture, forestry, water bodies as well as for disaster warnings.

This was the second flight for the GSLV or Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk II, which had last blasted off with Chandrayaan-2 moon mission spacecraft.