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Rocket launch suspended, Indian space research organization changes production of ventilator and hand sanitizer

Rocket launch suspended, Indian space research organization changes production of ventilator and hand sanitizer


Due to the pandemic of new crown pneumonia, the rocket launch was suspended, and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) changed to produce anti-epidemic materials.


  The Indian Space Research Organization, established in 1969, is India's national space agency and provides space-based services to India. According to the Times of India, ISRO is developing a simple-to-operate ventilator to help alleviate the urgent need for medical equipment in the intensive care unit. Due to the shortage of market supply, ISRO is also providing a large number of hand sanitizers.

  "We are designing a ventilator and are also manufacturing and distributing hand sanitizers." S Somanath, director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), responsible for the design and development of launch vehicle technology under ISRO, accepted the " The Times of India said in an interview.

  According to the latest data from the Ministry of Health of India, as of 9:30 pm on March 30 local time (0:30 pm Beijing time), the number of confirmed cases of new crown pneumonia in India rose to 1251. Among them, 101 cases were cured and 32 died.

  To curb the spread of the new crown virus, the Indian government announced a 21-day blockade nationwide from March 25, during which everyone must not go out unless necessary. At present, most of ISRO's employees already work from home.

  However, S Somanath declined to say the date of the next launch of GISAT-1, India's first geostationary orbit observation satellite. The satellite was originally scheduled to launch in 2017 or 2018, but was postponed to 2020. The plan to launch the GSLV-F10 rocket at Sadish Davan Space Center in India on March 5, 2020 was postponed due to "technical reasons".

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