ISRO plans to resume satellites launch by this December
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to resume launching satellites by December, after failing to launch its new navigational satellite last month.
The planned mission is expected to be carried out after receiving a report of last month’s failure of the committee examining the issue.
The committee is anticipated to submit its report soon.
ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar was quoted by Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) as saying: “We will resume the launches by November or December, with one of the remote-sensing satellites though we are yet to finalise with which.”
The agency has identified the cause of the unsuccessful mission, which was scheduled to launch its eighth navigation satellite, Indian Regional Navigation Satellite (IRNSS-1H), into orbit.
During the launch, ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) was unable to deploy the 1.4t satellite as its heat shield did not separate around 3min after its successful lift-off from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
Part of India’s Navigation Indian Constellation (NavIC), the IRNSS-1H is a substitute satellite for the IRNSS-1A.
The Rs14.2bn ($220m) NavIC mission features nine satellites, which include seven in orbit and two substitute spacecraft.
Antrix managing director S Rakesh said: “If I see the nature of its setback, it is not a serious one, it is a small hitch as I see it.
“The testings are going on and it should not have any short-term impact on Antrix. Our demands keep coming.”
Kumar further noted that the agency is planning to create joint ventures with industry partners for conducting PSLV launches by 2020-2021.