Taiwanese researchers first joined ISRO in a mission to launch the satellite

The launch of the Earth Observation Satellite (EOS-04), scheduled for September 2021, has been delayed due to a pandemic as engineers and scientists worked remotely. However, to compensate for the delay, the Indian Space Agency has scheduled 19 missions, including a moon landing, in 2022.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on Monday launched the INSPIRESat-1 satellite, jointly developed by a team of international researchers, including from Taiwan, using the PSLV-52 launch vehicle. This is the first time ISRO has launched a satellite developed by a team of international researchers.

INSPIRESat-1, which stands for the international research and training satellite project Satellite One, was developed by scientists from universities in the United States, Taiwan, India and Singapore.

The PSLV-C52 rocket also carries an Earth observation satellite (EOS-04), an INSPIRESat student satellite and a spacecraft called INSAT-2DT, the forerunner of a joint India-Bhutan mission in the future.

The universities involved in the launch are the Colorado Atmospheric and Space Physics Laboratory (LASP), the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), the National Central University of Taiwan (NCU) and Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.

“The Polar Satellite Launcher PSLV-C52 has hosted two small satellites, the Student Satellite (INSPIREsat-1) from the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) in collaboration with the Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado, Colorado -2TD) from ISRO, which is the predecessor of the joint satellite of India and Bhutan (INS-2B), “- said in a statement the space agency.

The satellite will provide information about the corona of the Sun and its effects on the Earth’s ionosphere.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Vice President M. Venkaya Naida congratulated ISRO scientists on their successful launch.

ISRO Chairman S. Samanath also congratulated the ISRO team for the accuracy with which the mission was accomplished.

India’s first launch in 6 months should launch radar images, children’s satellites
Last year, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) managed only two launches, including the catastrophic failure of an ambitious geostationary launch vehicle that failed to bring the satellite into orbit due to a technical jam in the third cryogenic stage. ISRO has planned 19 missions, including a lunar one, in 2022.

The countdown to the first of 19 planned ISRO missions for 2022, the PSLV-C52 with built-in EOS-04 satellite, began on Sunday.

The space agency said on Monday that a PSLV rocket would send a new satellite into space to observe the earth and two other satellites.

“The countdown process at 25 hours 30 minutes before launch began today at 04:29, February 13, 2022,” the statement said.

The EOS-04 radar satellite weighing 1,710 kg is designed to send high-quality images in all weather conditions from a solar-synchronous polar orbit with a length of 529 km.

A small INSPIREsat-1 satellite, developed by students from India, the US, Taiwan and Singapore, will study the dynamics of the upper atmosphere.

The launch of EOS-04 was scheduled for September last year, but it was postponed because the coronavirus pandemic forced engineers and scientists to work remotely.

In 2020, the work space of the space agency was also severely affected by the pandemic, as the all-government agency, headquartered in Bangalore, completed only three launches: in January, November and December.

The recently postponed plan shows 19 launches in 2022, including a mission to land on the moon in August, just over three years after its predecessor exploded.

Source: RIA Novosti

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