Post-failed mission, Isro to ‘resume sat launches by Dec’
New Delhi: After suffering a setback because of the unsuccessful launch of its navigation satellite IRNSS-1H on August 31, Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) will resume satellite launches by December.
The space agency will schedule its next launch mission after a fact-finding committee, appointed to find the exact cause of the glitch in the heat separation mechanism of PSLV C39 rocket that carried navigation satellite IRNSS-1H, submits its report “soon”.
Isro chairman A S Kiran Kumar said, “We will resume launches by November or December.” Echoing the chairman, K Sivan, director of Thiruvananthapuram-based Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre told TOI, “We will launch either Cartosat-2 series remote sensing satellite or the replacement satellite IRNSS-1I by November or December. We are yet to finalise which of the two satellites will be launched first.” Sivan said the probe committee was “supposed to submit the report by 10th of this month”. “But the commit- tee wants some more time as it wants to review some more results (flight data) before coming to any conclusion. We are expecting the report next week,” he said.
When asked if the IRNSS-1H mission was insured, a source in Isro told TOI, “The missions are launched from the government’s money. As these (rockets and satellites) are government properties, they are not insured.”
On August 31, Isro’s workhorse PSLV-C39 could not deliver the 1.4-tonne IRNSS-1H in the geo-synchronous orbit as its heat shield did not get separated minutes after the rocket’s liftoff. The satellite, which got stuck in the heat shield, is currently moving in outer space and is expected to fall in the Pacific Ocean.
Isro will schedule its next launch mission after the probe panel submits its report on the glitch in IRNSS-1H navsat launch