Uncertainty continues to dog the flight of India’s first Geo Imaging Satellite (GISAT-1) this time due to coronavirus spread across the country, said an official of the Indian space agency. The GISAT-1 will be the country’s first sky eye or earth observation satellite to be placed in geostationary orbit.
The satellite supposed to be put into orbit this month is all set to be delayed as employees at various centres of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) including that of the rocket launch centre in Sriharikota were affected by Covid-19.
Further, with the demand for oxygen shooting up from the hospitals to save Covid-19 patients, the Indian space agency’s rocket may not be getting oxygen to power itself for some time to come thereby delaying its space missions.
The ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC) at Mahendragiri in Tamil Nadu is supplying oxygen to hospitals to save Covid-19 patients.
The satellite and the rocket (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle – F10 (GSLV-F10) are ready at the rocket launch centre in Sriharikota.