Published on: February 10, 2023
Small Satellite Launch Vehicle-D2
Why in news? The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will undertake the second development flight of the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) from Sriharikota.
- The mission objective are to demonstrate in-flight performance of SSLV vehicle systems and inject the three satellites into a 450km circular orbit.
- The three satellite are ISRO’s EOS-07, the U.S.-based firm Antaris’s Janus-1 and the Chennai-based space start-up Space Kidz’s Azaadi SAT-2 satellites.
- Developed and realised by the ISRO.
- Its mission objective is to design and develop payload instruments compatible with micro satellite bus and technologies that are required for future operational satellites.
- Would design and develop a micro satellite accommodating new technology payloads in a quick turnaround time.
- New experiments include mm-Wave humidity sounder and spectrum monitoring payload
About Small Satellite Launch Vehicle
- SSLV caters to the launch of satellites weighing up to 500 kg to low earth orbits on a ‘launch-on-demand’ basis.
- It provides low-cost 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 34-m-tall, 2- m-diameter vehicle with a lift-off mass of 120 tonnes.
- In the future, a dedicated launch site called SSLV Launch Complex (SLC) near Kulasekharapatnam in Tamil Nadu will handle SSLV launches to Sun-synchronous orbit