Space Technology

Bengaluru Startup Pixxel’s Satellite failure to fly on ISRO PSLV C51 End February

It is no secret that the space calendar this year has many unique launches that many space lovers are looking forward to witnessing. However, not all the targets are successful since there can be functional or natural problems. One of the most-awaited liftoffs in India is the startup Pixxel‘s satellite. However, recent reports indicate that the first commercial satellite will not board the ISRO PSLV C51 end of February.

India will have to wait to send its first commercial private satellite in the earth’s orbit from the turn of events. On 23rd February, Pixxel released a statement that it will delay its satellite liftoff, originally scheduled to go onboard the PSLV c51 mission on 28th February. Reliable sources claim that this delay is due to the emergence of software issues in the satellite’s final testing phase. This fact may have led to frustrations, especially to many people who hope to watch the commercial satellite liftoff.

Via their Twitter account, Pixxel expressed their regret for failing to work with the schedule. However, the company described the situation claiming that with all the effort and time spent on the satellite, rushing it for the mission to have problems is foolish. Also, the spokesperson claimed that the satellite was yet to get the expected results in the testing phase.

With these facts, the development and management decided to push the liftoff by a few more weeks. During this period, the team can evaluate the satellite’s software, take up all the necessary tests and finally schedule another close launch day after assessing the opportunities. The CTO and founder of Pixxel, Kshitij Khandelwal, expressed his disappointment due to the launch issues via his Twitter account. However, he talked about resolving all the issues before announcing the launch and getting the orbiting satellite.

He expressed his apologies to people waiting for the startup company’s launch, but he spoke about gaining confidence in the product before its launch. The company’s top priority is to ensure that the satellite has full functional software, and the team will eventually make the launch happen.

Founder and Chief executive officer, Awais Ahmed via his Twitter account, expressed positivity on the issue claiming that the company will make the satellite go up and will work. Khandelwal told the public that the satellite’s mission is to launch successfully and deliver good quality data from space.

The manufacturing of the satellite kicked off in July 2019 and ended in 2020. Later there was the testing phase and the scheduled launch of early 2021. Initially, the launch was alongside two Indian satellites and a Brazilian satellite. But, the next opportunity to launch is unknown. The company plans to invest in at least thirty satellites by 2023. The satellite data will be beneficial to any domain.

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