Along with the primary satellite (ISRO's EOS-01), nine international customer satellites were launched -- one from Lithuania and four each from Luxembourg and the US
Although the GSLV-F10 launch was planned on March 5, the mission had to be postponed due to technical reasons. Since then, the coronavirus pandemic has crippled ISRO operations.
Additionally, the Andhra Pradesh government has also converted the State transport corporation’s (APSRTC) Garuda buses into testing facilities.
Considering the gravity of the situation, the Nellore district administration has deployed a 'Sanjeevini' bus at the space centre to beef-up Covid-19 testing.
Despite the sudden spurt in cases, Shar administration has decided not to suspend the operations and 50 per cent staff are asked to attend the duty
This comes barely a week after the lockdown restrictions were relaxed and operations resumed with 50 per cent staff at India’s sole spaceport.
Two key facilities, Solid Propellant Plant (SPP) and Solid Propellant Rocket Booster Plant (SPROB), have opened for limited operations ten days after they were shutdown.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan has acknowledged that the organisation was facing trouble in carrying out regular activities. However, officials told Express that at least two launches would happen this year.
In last two days, at least a dozen fresh cases were reported both inside Sriharikota and the employee colonies in Sullurpet.
Rise in COVID-19 cases leads to suspension of all regular activities at ISRO's Sriharikota rocket centre
The rocket launch station will function with minimum essential/skeletal staff to take care of critical/essential activities.
Meanwhile, the Covid kitty of Tamil Nadu continued to swell after 5,834 fresh cases and 118 deaths were reported on the day, driving up the tally to 3,08,649 and the toll to 5,159.
Pressing the panic button is the news of a paediatrician, working in the memorial hospital run by Apollo Hospitals, being one of the cases.
Hundreds of contract engineers and technicians who are an integral part of the space agency's workforce are staring at a grim future
Another employee of the Solid Propellant Space Booster Plant (SPROB) and a securityman from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which guards the high security facility, tested positive
SDSC-Shar Director A Rajarajan told Express all precautionary measures were taken and the situation is under control.