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Isro postpones launch of geo imaging satellite Gisat-1 due to technical reasons

The launch of Indian Space Research Organisation’s (Isro) Gisat-1, scheduled for Thursday, has been postponed due to technical reasons.

Isro said that a new launch date for Gisat-1 will be announced in due course.

The launch of Gisat-1 was scheduled for March 5 from the second launchpad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.

Geo imaging satellite Gisat-1 onboard the geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle GSLV-F10 was was supposed to launch on March 5, but according to the new Isro statement, the Gisat-1 launch has been postponed due to some technical reasons.

“The launch of Gisat-1 onboard GSLV-F10, planned for March 05, 2020, is postponed due to technical reasons. Revised launch date will be informed in due course,” Isro wrote on Twitter.

Weighing about 2,275 kg, Gisat-1 is a state-of-the-art agile Earth observation satellite which would be placed in a geosynchronous transfer orbit by GSLV-F10.

When Gisat-1 will be launched, the satellite will reach the final geostationary orbit using its onboard propulsion system.

A four-metre diameter ogive-shaped (head of a projectile or the nose cone of a rocket) payload fairing is being flown for the first time in this GSLV flight.

This will be the fourteenth flight of the GSLV.

Operating from geostationary orbit, Gisat-1 will facilitate near real time observation of the Indian subcontinent, under cloud free condition, at frequent intervals.

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