December 6, 2021

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After Covid, Andhra floods stall Isro’s sat launch missions this year

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After Covid, Andhra floods stall Isro’s sat launch missions this year
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After Covid, Andhra floods stall Isro’s sat launch missions this year
After Covid, Andhra floods stall Isro’s sat launch missions this year

NEW DELHI: After the Covid pandemic cast a shadow over Isro’s mission launches for over a year, now it is the flood situation in Andhra Pradesh that is stalling satellite launches at the SHAR launch centre in Sriharikota, a barrier island located in Nellore district of the state.
Isro sends key satellite and rocket components from its centres in Kerala and Karnataka to Sriharikota by road for assembling and launch. As many arterial roads in Nellore have to be closed due to the floods, Isro is not able to finalise its launches.
Isro chairman K Sivan told TOI, “We have been working on three launches, including the small satellite launch vehicle (mini-PSLV) launch, before the year ends. But due to heavy rain and floods in Andhra, we have to reassess the situation… We can decide on the three launches only when the flood situation improves.”
Sivan, whose one-year service extension as Isro chief is set to be over on January 15 next year, said that 2022 will be a crucial year for the space agency as it will witness the launches of Aditya L1 (Sun) mission, the first unmanned mission of Gaganyaan and several key satellite missions.
According to an earlier schedule, Isro was supposed to launch its mainstay rocket PSLV, carrying two earth observation satellites, EOS-04 and EOS-06, as the main payload. The third mission was the first development flight of SSLV, carrying another earth observation satellite EOS-02. However, the Andhra flood situation forced Isro to do a rethink. The floods due to overflowing Somasila reservoir damaged the Chennai-Kolkata National Highway-16 in Nellore and the highway had to be shut down following a huge breach of road at Padugupadu and also near Nellore town. Over a hundred people are feared dead and properties and crops worth crores of rupees have got damaged till now. Isro had successfully launched a commercial PSLV mission in February but its launch of GSLV-F10 rocket carrying EOS-03 satellite on August 12 failed as the third cryogenic stage of the launch vehicle did not start.
In comparison to India’s one successful mission so far, China has already conducted 40 launch missions in 2021, setting a new national record. The successful Kuaizhou-1A lift-off on October 27 took China to 40 orbital launches, surpassing the 39 launches conducted by the country in 2018 and 2020. The US has so far launched 39 times this year, including rocket lab launches from New Zealand, according to spacenews.com.

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