Post-failed mis­sion, Isro to ‘re­sume sat launches by Dec’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - @times­group.com

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

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