Small Satellite Launch VehicleD2
Why in news:
- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will undertake the second development flight of the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) on Friday from Sriharikota.
- The vehicle is intended to inject the ISRO’s EOS07, the U.S.based firm Antaris’s Janus1 and the Chennaibased space startup Space Kidz’s AzaadiSAT2 satellites into a 450km circular orbit in its 15minute flight.
- The EOS07 is a 156.3kg satellite designed, developed and realised by the ISRO.
- Weighing around 10.2 kg, Janus1 is a technology demonstrator, smart satellite mission based on the Antaris software platform.
- Its mission objective is to design and develop payload instruments compatible with micro satellite bus and technologies that are required for future operational satellites.
- It would design and develop a micro satellite accommodating new technology payloads in a quick turnaround time.
- New experiments include mmWave humidity sounder and spectrum monitoring payload.
- A 8.7kg satellite, AzaadiSAT2 is a combined effort of about 750 girl students across India guided by Space Kidz India, Chennai.
More about SSLV:
- The Small Satellite Launch Vehicle(SSLV) is a small-lift launch vehicle developed by ISRO with payload capacity to deliver 500 kg to low Earth orbit or 300 kg to Sun-synchronous orbit.
- SSLV is made keeping low cost, low turnaround time in mind with launch-on-demand flexibility under minimal infrastructure requirements.
- It provides lowcost access to space, offers low turnaround time and flexibility in accommodating multiple satellites, and demands minimal launch infrastructure.
- It is configured with three solid propulsion stages and a velocity terminal module.
- It is a 34mtall, 2mdiameter vehicle with a liftoff mass of 120 tonnes.
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