ISRO Chief Confirms 14 Missions, Including Gaganyaan, Scheduled For 2021

Post-launch of Amazona-1 and 18 other satellites, K Sivan, the ISRO chairman has proclaimed that the space organization has its hands full with 14 more missions.

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) chairman K Sivan after the accomplishing launch of Amazona-1 of Brazil and 18 other satellites, has announced that the space organization has its hands full with 14 missions due for launch in 2021, including its first-ever unmanned mission later this year. 

While speaking with the scientists at the Mission Control Centre, Sivan asserted that their hands are full. They are expected to witness around 14 missions this year. Seven vehicle launch missions and six satellite missions, as well as their first unmanned space mission prior to the Gaganyaan-manned space mission. 

“The Gaganyaan-manned mission involves sending three Indians to space by the end of 2022. The four test pilot chosen for this mission are undergoing training in Russia,” he added with the hope that his team would rise to the occasion as usual and meet all the targets set by the space organization.” 

Reminding his colleagues regarding the ongoing pandemic, Sivan guaranteed that work at the space organization will happen with all the COVID-19 SOPS in place.

The new normal established at ISRO centres are doing well”, he assured. 

ISRO concludes its inaugural launch of 2021

ISRO successfully accomplished its first launch of 2021 on Sunday. The headline payload was Brazil’s 637-kg Amazonia-1 optical earth observation satellite. Amazonia-1 was placed in orbit seventeen minutes after its lift-off aboard the PSLV-C51 rocket and a minute after the rocket’s PS4 engine cut off. India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C51 (PSLV-C51) transporting Brazil’s Amazonia-1 as its main passenger also helped during the launch of 18-other student satellites as part of its mission under ISRO’s National Space Promotion and Authorisation Center (IN-SPACe ). 

Amazonia-1 along with the other satellites will observe deforestation and analyze the diverse agriculture of Brazilian lands.  The rocket travelled for two hours and eight minutes as it placed all its satellites in orbits, within four minutes approximately. ISRO quickly took it to Twitter and declared about the successful completion of the mission and wrote, “All co-passenger satellites separated from PSLV-C51. Mission accomplished..”

Soon after, Indian PM Modi also took to the social networking site and congratulated ISRO on its launch. 

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