MADRID, 12 (EUROPA PRESS)
An Indian rocket carrying a new Earth observation satellite for the country’s space agency (ISRO) failed in its trip to orbit, ruining the mission.
Liftoff occurred at 00.13 UTC on August 12 from the Satish Dhawan Space Center on Sriharikota Island in eastern India. The launch failure, the first in India since 2017, involved the GSLV-10 (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle) rocket.
“The performance of the first and second stage was normal. However, the ignition of the cryogenic upper stage did not occur due to a technical anomaly. The mission could not be fulfilled as expected,” the ISRO explained on its Twitter account. .
Along with the rocket was lost the Earth observation satellite EOS-03, designed to be a “cutting edge” tool, with a mission of at least 10 years working to provide near real-time images of India, track natural disasters and other short-term events and collect data to assist agriculture and forestry by monitoring crop health, according to an official mission description.