ISRO Gearing Up For Rocket Launches With Virtual Launch Control Centre

Chennai: Attempting to make up for misplaced time as a result of Covid-19 pandemic, the Indian area company is gearing up for 3 fast rocket launches carrying home and overseas satellites, mentioned a senior official.

The Indian area company has additionally developed a Digital Launch Management Centre to check the rocket programs on the rocket port in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh remotely from the Thiruvananthapuram primarily based Vikram Sarabhai House Centre (VSSC), a part of the Indian House Analysis Organisation (ISRO), he added.

“With Covid-19 pandemic prevailing, the Indian space agency in order to reduce the number of people travelling to Sriharikota, has developed a Virtual Launch Control Centre at VSSC. As a result, the testing of various rocket systems is being done at VSSC,” S. Somanath, Director, VSSC, advised IANS.

The bodily launch management centre is situated within the constructing that homes the Mission Management Centre in Sriharikota and the programs there have been replicated at VSSC within the type of a digital launch management centre.

“Three rockets are getting ready for launch at the rocket port in Sriharikota viz Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle C49 (PSLV C49), PSLV C50 and Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV). The first rocket to fly will be the PSLV C49 sometime next month with about 10 satellites. It will be carrying India’s RISAT-2BR2 and other commercial satellites lifting off from the first launch pad,” Somanath mentioned.

The following one to fly will probably be PSLV C50 with the GSAT-12R satellite tv for pc. The rocket is being assembled at Sriharikota with varied programs coming from totally different centres. It’ll fly from the second launch pad, he added.

“We are targeting PSLV C50 sometime in December. It needs about 30 days to get ready for another launch after one launch,” he mentioned.

Presently 4 Indian satellites are prepared for launch viz GISAT, Microsat-2A, GSAT-12R and, RISAT-2BR2.

The launch of the GISAT-1 satellite tv for pc slated for March 5, 2020 was postponed because of technical causes a day earlier than the launch.

“The GISAT-1 satellite will be carried by a GSLV rocket. The GSLV rocket was dismantled after the launch was called off. The rocket is being refurbished. The rocket’s cryogenic engine has been brought down and it is being readied again,” Somanath mentioned.

Based on him, the GSLV carrying GISAT-1 is predicted to fly after PSLV C50.

When queried about different nations launching satellites even throughout the Covid-19 pandemic interval, Somanath mentioned they might be having the whole manufacturing arrange below one roof or at close by locations.

Within the case of India, the ISRO centres making totally different parts for the rocket and made at totally different centres and logistics was a problem throughout the Covid-19 interval.


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