sslv rocket: Isro will launch India’s brand new SSLV rocket tomorrow

The Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) will launch India’s newest small satellite launch vehicle – Developmental Flight 1 (SSLV-D1) on Sunday. The countdown to SSLV-D1’s launch will begin about six and a half hours before the scheduled liftoff at 9:18 a.m. Sunday.

The country’s newest rocket is 34 meters tall and weighs 120 tons SSLV-D1. The rocket has a maximum luggage carrying capacity of 500 kg and will carry an Earth observation satellite-02 (EOS-02) formerly known as Microsatellite-2 weighing around 145 kg.

The rocket will carry the eight kg AZAADISAT built by 750 public school students facilitated by SpaceKidz India.

It will take just over 12 minutes to put the EOS-2 satellite into the .

The three-stage SSLV-D1 rocket is powered primarily by solid fuel (total 99.2 tons) and also has a Velocity Tuning Module (VTM) powered by 0.05 tons of liquid fuel for precise injection satellites.

SSLV design drivers are low cost, low lead time, flexibility to accommodate multiple satellites, on-demand launch feasibility, minimum launch infrastructure requirements and others, ISRO said. .

ISRO’s commercial arm, NewSpace India plans to transfer the SSLV technology for production in the private sector.

The Indian space agency said the EOS-02 satellite is an experimental high spatial resolution optical imaging satellite. The goal is to build and fly an experimental imaging satellite with a short turnaround time and on-demand launch capability.

According to ISRO, new technologies made for the Microsat series of spacecraft include payloads with common front-end optics and a metallic primary mirror made with the limited mass and volume of the Microsat bus.

With the new one included in its product line, ISRO will have three rockets – Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and its variants (cost around Rs 200 crore), Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-MkII and Mk III) and its variants (cost Mk II about Rs 272 crore and MkIII about Rs 434 crore) and SSLV (three rockets development cost about Rs 56 crore) and production cost may drop later.

According to SpaceKidz India, the significance of this project is that it was conceptualized as a tribute to mark the 75th anniversary of independence.

Niti Aayog has partnered with this project to provide this opportunity to students in public girl schools across India.


(IANS input)

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