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SOURCE: ET/IANS

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) will launch India’s newest rocket Small Satellite Launch Vehicle – Developmental Flight 1 (SSLV-D1) on Sunday. The countdown down for the SSLV-D1 launch will start about six-and-half-hours before the lift off which is scheduled at 9.18 a.m. on Sunday.

The country’s newest rocket is 34-metre tall and weighs 120 ton SSLV-D1. The rocket has a maximum luggage carrying capacity of 500 kg and will carry an earth observation satellite-02 (EOS-02) formerly known as Microsatellite-2 weighing about 145 kg.

The rocket will carry the eight kg AZAADISAT built by 750 students of government schools facilitated by SpaceKidz India.

It will take just over 12 minutes to put the EOS-2 satellite into the orbit.

The three-staged SSLV-D1 rocket is mainly powered by solid fuel (total 99.2 ton) and also has a velocity trimming module (VTM) powered by 0.05 ton of liquid fuel for precise injection of satellites.

The SSLV design drivers are low cost, low turnaround time, flexibility in accommodating multiple satellites, launch-on-demand feasibility, minimal launch infrastructure requirements and others, ISRO said.

The commercial arm of ISRO, NewSpace India plans to transfer the SSLV technology for production in the private sector.

The Indian space agency said the EOS-02 satellite is an experimental optical imaging satellite with high spatial resolution. The objective is to realise and fly an experimental imaging satellite with short turnaround time and showcase launch on demand capability.

According to ISRO, the new technologies realised for the Microsat series of spacecrafts include payloads with a common fore optics and metallic primary mirror realised with the limited mass and volume of Microsat Bus.

With the new included in its product lineup, ISRO will have three rockets — Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and its variants (cost about Rs 200 crore), Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-MkII and Mk III) and its variants (cost Mk II about Rs 272 crore and MkIII about Rs 434 crore) and SSLV (Development cost of three rockets about Rs 56 crore) and production cost may go down later.

According to SpaceKidz India, the significance of this project is that it has been conceptualised as a tribute to mark the 75th anniversary of Independence.

Niti Aayog has partnered for this project to bring this opportunity to students of the government girl schools across India.