ISRO to launch all-weather earth observation satellite.

The latest all-weather earth observation satellite of India , called EOS-01 , will be launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on November 7, 2020. The satellite will be launched using the workhorse rocket PSLV-C49.

Highlights

  • This is the 51st flight by the satellite.
  • The satellite would also carry Nine other customer satellites into space by the rocket.
  • It will launched from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
  • This will be India’s first mission from her launch pad at Sriharikota in the year 2020.

EOS-01

The Earth Observation Satellite, EOS-01, has been equipped with the synthetic aperture radar of an enviable resolution.  The prominent applications of the satellite is include in the fields of agriculture, forestry and disaster management support. The operational life of the satellite will be of five years and it will operate to provide crucial data.

Earth observation satellites

These are the satellites that are equipped with remote sensing technology. Earth observation means gathering of information about Earth’s physical, chemical and biological systems. Many such earth observation satellites have been employed in the sun-synchronous orbit. Some of the satellites launched by ISRO include RESOURCESAT- 2,  CARTOSAT-1, 2, 2A, 2B, RISAT-1, RISAT-2, OCEANSAT-2, Megha-Tropiques, SARAL and SCATSAT-1 and INSAT-3DR.

RISAT-2BR1

This is the peer satellite and the previous mission by ISRO that was laucnched from the national spaceport in December 2019.

Nine Customer Satellites

These satellites are being launched under a commercial agreement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) of Department of Space.

NewSpace India Limited (NSIL)

It was incorporated in 2019 under the administrative control of Department of Space (DOS). The organisation is the commercial arm of ISRO. The primary function of the organisation is to enable the Indian industries to take up high technology space related activities. Production of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) through industry are the major business area of NSIL.