New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch an earth observation satellite and nine commercial satellites from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on November 7.
“India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle in its 51st mission, will launch EOS-01 as a primary satellite along with nine international customer satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The launch is tentatively scheduled at 1502 hours IST on November 07, 2020, subject to weather conditions,” an ISRO statement said.
This will be the first launch of 2020 from India’s only spaceport in Sriharikota, Hindustan Times reported.
The only other Indian satellite launched this year was the heavy-communication satellite GSAT 30 from Kourou, French Guiana by the commercial launcher Arianespace.
A scheduled launch of an earth imaging satellite in March was postponed and did not take place because of the spread of COVID-19.
The pandemic has hampered several big-ticket projects that were planned for 2020 and the next year. India was to launch its first solar mission in the first half of the year; a third lunar mission with just the lander and the rover was also to take place either in the end of 2020 or the first half of the next year.