Space force rocket launch to maiden SSLV rocket launch

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The countdown for the launch of India’s maiden Small Satellite Launch Vehicle carrying an earth observation satellite and a student satellite commenced at 2.26 a.m. on Sunday. Unlike ISRO’s trusted workhorse — Polar Satellite Launch Vehicles (PSLV) — the SSLV can carry payloads weighing up to 500 kg and deploy satellites into a 500 km low earth orbit.

ISRO’s SSLV blasts off successfully but suffers data loss

ISRO’s first SSLV rocket successfully blasted off on August 7, while carrying an earth observation satellite EOS-02 and student satellite AzaadiSAT. The SSLV vehicle is designed to help the Indian space agency get in on the huge market for small launch vehicles to place satellites into low earth orbits.

All three stages of the rocket “performed and separated,” as expected but shortly after it lifted off, ISRO chairman S Somanath said that the SSLV suffered “data loss” at a terminal stage, even though three stages “performed and separated.” The space agency said that it is analysing the data to ascertain the status of the vehicle and satellites.

The objective of the SSLV is to place satellites EOS-02 and AzaadiSAT, into low earth orbit. The lift-off of the rocket is scheduled for 9.18 a.m. from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR) in Sriharikota, about 135 km from Chennai. About 13 minutes after launch, the rocket is expected to place the EOS-02 and AzaadiSAT into the intended orbit.

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