The satellite will help in monitoring natural disasters like floods and cyclones

India's earth observation satellite EOS-03 will be launched on August 12, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced.

Operating from geo-stationary orbit, the satellite will enable near-real time monitoring of natural disasters like floods & cyclones. The EOS-03 is capable of imaging the whole country 4-5 times daily under cloud-free conditions.

EOS-03 will be launched by the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-F10 (GSLV-F10) from the Second Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, ISRO said on Thursday.

According to ISRO, the launch is tentatively scheduled at 0543 Hrs IST on August 12, 2021, subject to weather conditions.

EOS-03 is a state-of-the-art agile earth observation satellite which will be placed in a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit by GSLV-F10.

Subsequently, the satellite will reach the final geostationary orbit using its onboard propulsion system.

A 4 metre diameter Ogive shaped payload fairing is being flown for the first time in this GSLV flight. This is the fourteenth flight of GSLV.

In addition to natural disasters, EOS-03 would also enable monitoring of water bodies, crops, vegetation condition, forest cover changes, Union Minister of State Jitendra Singh had said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha last month.