‘AzaadiSAT’ On ‘Amrit Mahotsav’: ISRO Launched SSLV-D1/EOS-02

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750 kids developed the 8kg AZAADISAT from government schools. They were selected from Kashmir to Kanyakumari with assistance from SpaceKidz India. The SSLV-D1 carried it on its first development mission. 

ISRO launched the SSLV’s first flight on August 7, 2022. Prior to Independence Day, on August 7, 2022, ISRO’s Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) launched the Earth Observation Satellite (EOS-02) Mission into orbit. The SSLV-D1/EOS-02 Mission is planned to launch from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota, at 9:18 am (IST). The public visited the SDSC’s Launch View Gallery to witness the moment. 

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The SSLV created by ISRO would be in charge of launching satellites less than 500 kg into low earth orbit, which are widely used for commercial purposes like earth monitoring and supplying internet access to remote locations. The ISRO launched its brand-new rocket Small Satellite Launch Vehicle – Developmental Flight, to commemorate the nation’s independence 75 years in advance.

The EOS-02 weighed around 145 kg. The three-stage SSLV-D1 is fueled mostly by solid fuel (a total of 99.2 tonnes). Still, it also features a velocity trimming module for accurate satellite injection that is fuelled by 0.05 tonnes of liquid fuel. The newest rocket from India stands 34 meters tall and weighs 120 tonnes.

Low cost, quick turnaround, flexibility in housing many satellites, the viability of launch-on-demand, and minimum launch infrastructure are the special characteristics of the SSLV design drivers. The goal is to build and deploy an experimental imaging satellite that can launch on demand and has a quick turnaround time. 

ABHIJEET ANAND

Sociologist, Engineer, and Content writer

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