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Big step in ISRO's commercial venture as SSLV successfully places all 3 satellites in desired orbits


Jul 19, 2022

Sriharikota: Three satellites, including EOS-07, are carried into space by SSLV on its second development mission from the first launch pad at SDSC in Sriharikota.

To launch three satellites into a 450 km circular orbit, the ISRO used the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle-SSLV-D2 from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota.
ISRO's SSLV successfully places EOS-07, Janus-1, and Azaadisat-1 in their desired orbits during its second developmental mission.

According to a statement from ISRO, the SSLV offers low-cost access to space, quick turnaround, flexibility in hosting several satellites, and minimal launch infrastructure requirements.

The SSLV is a 34-meter-tall, 2-meter-diameter vehicle with a lift-off mass of 120 tonnes that is equipped with three solid propulsion stages and a velocity terminal module.

The 156.3kg EOS-07 satellite from ISRO is used for earth observation or remote sensing. The primary goals of EOS-07, which was created by the UR Rao Satellite Centre in Bengaluru, are to collect data for geographic information systems (GIS) applications such cartography, coastal land use regulation, and urban and rural management.

The 10.2kg Janus-1 satellite, on the other hand, is owned by the US-based Antaris software platform. The 8.7kg AzaadiSAT-2 satellite, which was developed by female students, will also be launched by the SSLV-D2 rocket. The AzaadiSAT-2 mission was managed by the Chennai-based space firm Space Kidz India, which chose 10 female students from 75 government schools nationwide for the student satellite programme.

In the previous eight to ten years, small satellite launches have grown in popularity because to the rising demand for space-based data, communication, monitoring, and commerce.

Manufacturers and operators of satellites don't have the luxury of incurring high travel expenses or delaying boarding on a rocket for months. Organizations are creating satellite constellations in space as a result.

There is a financial opportunity for space organisations like ISRO to take use of the sector's potential as a result of the increase in demand for rocket launches because the majority of the demand comes from companies that are launching satellites for commercial purposes

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