The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to launch an ‘Indian Earth Observation Satellite’ and nine commercial satellites on November 7. This will be the first launch from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, which is the only spaceport of India.
Space Agency released a statement, “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.”
— ISRO (@isro) October 28, 2020
Launched from Kourou, French Guiana, by the commercial launcher Arianespace, GSAT-30 is the only Indian heavy communication satellite. In March the scheduled launch got postponed due to outbreak of coronavirus cases. Pandemic postponed the launch of several ISRO’s big budget projects planned for 2020 which includes India’s first Solar Mission and 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.
The human spaceflight programme, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence day speech in 2018, was to attempt its first unmanned human-rated vehicle launch in December 2020.