EOS-02 satellite to be launched soon

New Delhi, April 7 : Minister of State Dr Jitendra Singh said the EOS-02 satellite will be launched in the second quarter of this year. This Minister said this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. He said EOS-02 was a technology demonstration satellite for various new technologies with applications that include agriculture, forestry, geology, hydrology, miniaturised power electronics and reaction wheels and to form a payload for SSLV-1. “The slated date of launch was during Quarter-4 of 2021 but the onset of the pandemic and consequent lockdown and disruption in global as well as domestic supply chain were factors for the delay due to non-availability of components, manpower and facilities,” he said. Dwelling on the reasons for the failure of the launch of the EOS-3 satellite, Dr Jitendra Singh said initial investigations with -flight data conducted immediately after the launch indicated that an anomaly in the Cryogenic Upper Stage led to the failure. “A National level Failure Analysis Committee (FAC) consisting of experts from academia and ISRO was immediately constituted to identify the causes of the anomaly in the Cryogenic Upper Stage of GSLV that led to the mission to be aborted and to recommend corrective actions for future missions,” he said. The Minister said the Failure Analysis committee has recommended improvements to enhance the robustness of the Cryogenic Upper Stage for future GSLV missions. “The GSLV vehicle with the required modifications in the Cryogenic Upper Stage is expected to be ready by the third quarter of 2022. The satellite identified for the next GSLV mission is expected to be ready for launch in the fourth quarter of 2022.” JA MR

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