ISRO prepares for the launch of the SSLV small rocket on August 7

India’s newest rocket, the 34-meter-tall and 120-ton Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV), will blast off from the first launch pad at Sriharikota Rocket Port on August 7 at 9:18 a.m. during its flight inaugural, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said on Thursday.

The three-stage SSLV-Developmental 1 (SSLV-D1) is powered primarily by solid fuel (99.2 tons total) and also has a velocity tuning module (VTM) powered by 0.05 tons of liquid fuel for precise injection of satellites.

The rocket with a maximum baggage carrying capacity of 500 kg will carry an Earth observation satellite-02 (EOS-02) formerly known as Microsatellite-2A weighing about 145 kg.

After just over 12 minutes of flight, the SSLV-D1 will put the EOS-2 satellite into orbit.

ISRO is preparing for the launch of the small SSLV rocket on August 7.IANS

Before that, the rocket will coast – moving due to momentum and not propelled by its engines – twice for about four minutes.

The piggyback luggage will be the eight kg AZAADISAT built by 750 public school students facilitated by SpaceKidz India.

According to ISRO, the SSLV is a ready-to-transfer rocket with modular and unified systems with standard interfaces for industry production.

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 Ltd, 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: the Polar Satellite Launcher, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launcher and the SSLV.

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