The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched the country’s new rocket at 9:18 am on Sunday. The launch was carried out from Pad 1 of the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
EOAS 02 (EOS02) and Azadi SAT (AzaadiSAT) satellites are being carried in the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSV). EOS02 is an Earth observation satellite. Which will work in space for 10 months.
Its weight is 142 kg. It has a mid- and long-wavelength infrared camera. The resolution of which is 6 meters. That is, it can check even at night. Apart from this, Azadset, a student satellite of the space agency called Spacekids India, was launched.
The price of this launch vehicle is only Rs 56 crore. Azad satellite will be launched from SSLV. On the completion of 75 years of independence, 750 girl students from 75 schools in the country have constructed ‘Azadisat’.
The weight of this satellite is eight kilograms. It has solar panels and selfie cameras. Along with this, long-distance communication transponders have also been installed. This satellite will provide services for six months.
According to Space Kids India, which developed this satellite, 10 students each from 75 government schools across the country have been selected to develop the satellite.
These include girls from eighth to twelfth standard. It is the first space mission of its kind to promote women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
Advantages of SSLV
India’s new launch vehicle Small Satellite is going to be cheap and ready in no time. The 34 m tall SSLV is 2 m in diameter, the 2.8 m diameter PSLV is 10 m taller than this. SSLV is a 4-stage rocket.
The first 3 stages will use solid fuel. The fourth stage is the fluid propulsion-based velocity trimming module. which will help the satellites on their orbit path.
Why did the need for an SSLV rocket arise?
SSLV was needed because smaller satellites had to wait for launch. They had to assemble and send a space bus with large satellites. A large number of small satellites are coming. Their launching market is growing. Thus, ISRO has prepared to build this rocket.