India’s Earth-Watching Satellite Lost

An Indian rocket carrying a new Earth-observation satellite failed to launch due to an anomaly in the cryogenic stage, reported by Space

The rocket was carrying an Earth-observation Satellite of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). 

The rocket was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre on Sriharikota Island in eastern India at 5:43 a.m. local time. The launch failed after the six-minute mark. 

The ISRO chair K Sivan said in a statement that the launch could not be fully accomplished due to a technical difficulty observed in the cryogenic stage. 

The Earth observation EOS-03 satellite was lost alongside the GSLV rocket. The satellite was meant to be a tool for ISRO to study the planet, expected to last 10 years, and providing real-time images of India to track natural disasters and short-term events. The satellite would have collected data to assist agriculture and forestry departments by monitoring crop health. 

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