ISRO, in an announcement, said the countdown for the launch of PSLV-C49/EOS commenced on Friday.
The mission which is scheduled to carry all-weather earth imaging satellite EOS-01, will be launched at 3.02 pm Saturday from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
The PSLVC49 mission will also carry nine foreign satellites under a commercial agreement with New Space India Limited (NSIL), Department of Space.
“Countdown for the launch of #PSLVC49/#EOS01 mission commenced today at 1302 Hrs (IST) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota,” the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in a tweet on Friday.
EOS-01, the rocket’s primary payload is an all-weather earth imaging satellite. Also known as the RISAT-2BR2, the earth imaging satellite is intended to aid applications in agriculture, forestry and disaster management.
Countdown for the launch of #PSLVC49/#EOS01 mission commenced today at 1302 Hrs (IST) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.
Launch is scheduled tomorrow at 1502 Hrs IST . pic.twitter.com/JQ0nBXHChx
— ISRO (@isro) November 6, 2020
This will be the 76th launch vehicle mission from Sriharikota spaceport and the 51st flight of India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle ‘PSLV’. According to reports, this will be the second flight of PSLC with ‘DL’ variant with strap-on boosters.
On its official website, ISRO has mentioned that the launch viewing gallery will be closed on November 7 during the launch of PSLV-C49/EOS-01 in light of Covid-19 precautions.
In June of this year, ISRO chairman K Sivan said in response to a question about 10 space missions being prepared by the agency for 2020, “Because of this (Covid-19), everything got disturbed. We have to make an assessment after the Covid-19 issue is resolved.”