Wednesday, August 3, 2022

New satellite launch vehicle SSLV in ISRO fleet soon, first flight on 7th August

A new rocket-launcher will now enter the fleet of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). The name of this new launcher is Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) and this launcher will be used to launch low weight satellites, satellites weighing less than 500 kg into space. This new launcher will be able to launch a satellite weighing 500 kg to a height of 500 km in one flight. This will make it possible to launch mini, micro and nano satellites.

Why is SSLV launcher important?

Various countries of the world are currently lining up to launch small satellites with ISRO. To launch these small satellites, a large, 290-tonne polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) launcher has to be prepared. This reliable launcher of ISRO can launch satellites weighing more than 2000 kg up to an altitude of 500 km. But to prepare this launcher, 600 employees have to prepare a few months in advance. But Istro’s new launch vehicle, SSLV, weighing just 100 tonnes, can be ready for satellite launch by a team of just six people in just seven days. This will save Istro a lot of manpower and money through SSLV launch.

When SSLV first launched?

The SSLV launcher has a height of 34 meters and a diameter of two meters. On August 7, the first launch of SSLV will take place from Sriharikota at 9:18 am. Being the maiden flight of the SSLV, this will be an experimental flight, the mission has been named SSLV-D1 by Istro.

Through this mission, a microsatellite named EOS 02 weighing 135 kg will be launched at an altitude of 350 km. The tenure of this satellite has been fixed for 10 months and will be used to take pictures of the earth. A satellite named AzaadiSAT weighing eight kilograms made by 750 students from rural areas will also be launched.

ISTRO has opened a spectator gallery to experience the launch of this new missile and has invited interested citizens to register. Through this new launcher, a new and easy option of satellite launch will be available for Istro.

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